Career Outlook

Building Better Processes—and Your Future

With the globalization of production, the need for manufacturing engineering solutions increases, both in the U.S. and internationally. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.BLS) has predicted 6% growth for employment opportunities in this closely-related field from 2010 to 2020. Beyond this rating, there is versatility in both the type of focus needed and the kinds of industries pursuing the latest technologies.

Along with efficiency in production, the global economy seeks manufacturing solutions that are sustainable as well as practical, utilizing environmentally sound materials and protecting public health through pollution-controlling mechanisms. Because of the intrinsic need for useful, financially sound answers in this field, WPI’s theory and practice model brings graduates credibility and value in the marketplace.

  • The U.S.BLS. put the 2010 median annual wage of industrial engineers with a bachelor’s degree at $76,100
  • Indeed.com listed a 2012 average salary of $82,000 for industrial engineers, 19% higher than the national job posting average
  • According to CNN Money Magazine, experienced manufacturing engineers are in demand, and the WPI project structure gives graduates an edge in hands-on application of knowledge when entering this field