Industrial Engineers

Military Career

General Information

Description

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.

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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.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Industrial Engineers in the Military

5,040

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Salary

Average Salary

$118,509

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 62%
  • Associate's degree 13%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Post baccalaureate 6%
  • Some college 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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 policiesProblem analysis and decision makingProduction and purchasing methods

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Production and Processing
  • Mechanical
  • Design
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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