Industrial Engineers

risk level
Based on 352 votes
by year 2032
or $46.32 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

44% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

36% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 44% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Industrial Engineers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Industrial Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 10.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Industrial Engineers' was $96,350, or $46 per hour

'Industrial Engineers' were paid 108.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 321,400 people employed as 'Industrial Engineers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.22% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 460 people are employed as 'Industrial Engineers'.

Job description

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

SOC Code: 17-2112.00


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Industrial engineers perform management and personnel handling functions that require interaction with staff, and are not repetitive or linear enough for robots to perform them.
Mar 11, 2024 at 02:10 AM
Richard Crosss (Moderate) says
IE's often are required to do mundane, repetitive tasks that can be easily automated by AI. AI will also supplement the analysis process allowing IE's to focus on driving continuous improvement instead of wasting time collecting, cleaning, and analyzing data. AI will also also supplement IE's designing and optimizing production systems by analyzing large amounts of data and leveraging standard IE methods to optimize the recommendations that IE's provide to influence the design and business decisions prior to building or installing new equipment and/or processes.
Mar 06, 2024 at 07:08 PM
Unbiased (Low) says
Industrial Engineers are one of the most flexible engineers in the engineering field. Because Industrial Engineers are reckoned for their social skills (which is unlikely to be automated soon) compared to other engineering fields they end up in top management.
Feb 15, 2023 at 09:27 PM
Far (Uncertain) says
Since we're heading towards significant automation of operational activities, it's likely that the risk of errors or the potential for improvement will be limited. Therefore, industrial engineers might find it challenging to work.
Dec 30, 2022 at 12:56 PM
Ahmed (No chance) says
As an industrial engineer, I have seen a lot of software fail to do our job. Of course, AI helps us a lot, but nowadays the world changes every minute.

The constraints or the requirements of industrial engineering cannot be fulfilled by AI at all.
Jul 10, 2022 at 08:15 PM
CK says
IEs are the ones who will be automating production using Machine Learning and AI
Jul 08, 2021 at 03:45 AM
ken wang (Moderate) says
IE is a technical oriented job, there are standarlize module of those work. So, AI can collect data and use same module to get the job done
Dec 04, 2019 at 12:17 PM
Justin Williams says
You clearly lack some information on what industrial engineers do
Sep 21, 2022 at 04:05 PM

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