Top 10 Colleges Turning Out Engineers

Sept. 23, 2021
In 2020, there were 292,000 employed in industrial engineering jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Engineers have always had solid careers in manufacturing. 

Looking at statistics from last year there were 292,000 industrial engineering jobs, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average pay was $88,590.

Employment of industrial engineers is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 23,300 openings for industrial engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force due to retirement.

Looking at the profession as a whole, including a variety of types of engineers, the agency projects nearly 140,000 new jobs until 2026.

Where are these engineers going to school?  Here is a list, created by employment firm Zippia, of the schools that have the highest placement rate in the field. Zippia used the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to search for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated. The degrees that were included in this search were civil, mechanical and industrial engineers.

About the Author

Adrienne Selko | Sr. Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

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Senior Editor Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today. 

Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. 

She is the author of  Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. 

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