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Industrial Engineers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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Work Environment

Industrial engineers usually work in offices. They may work outdoors while performing field studies or overseeing the installation of equipment and systems.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $23,012 - $294,189


Industrial engineers manage research to determine the most effective ways for the Military to use its people and equipment. They conduct studies and oversee projects to optimize the use of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources. These professionals create engineering processes to improve the efficiency and productivity of military operations. They also apply analysis and assessment methods to problems related to strategic planning, acquisitions, and mission support.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Industrial engineers typically have a degree in engineering. Job training for industrial engineers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Management standards principles and policies
  • Problem analysis and decision making
  • Production and purchasing methods

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to plan and organize studies
  • Interest in technical work
  • Interest in working closely with people
  • Interest in working with mathematical models and formulas

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