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Industrial Engineers, from Three Years of School to the Job Market

Characteristics, educational program, and the most popular careers: all you need to know about industrial engineers.
17 June 2016

After the high school diploma, the moment of decision arrives: “What should I study at the university?” A difficult choice, not certainly easy, because not everybody knows just by looking at the educational program what is the best option for them, from educational content (subjects, internships…) to the most popular careers.

AlmaLaurea to the rescue, giving some useful advice to high school graduates that  have to decide their educational and professional future. The objective is to provide all the elements that need to be considered, from the knowledge of the educational performance of “big brothers” who have gone before and already graduated, to the specialized course of studies that are chosen most frequently and in line with the three-year programs, not to mention the appeal that various degrees have on the job market.

Let’s start our journey inside the university, to see what awaits students enrolling in a first level course of studies in Industrial Engineering.

First of all: what does one really study? Even if each university has its own course, in general  the most widespread subjects are: industrial engineering, math, computer science, physics, and chemistry.


Who are the students that choose this course of studies and what do they do?

The Graduate Profile tells us that for the most part Industrial Engineering students come from a scientific high school (70,5%) or from a technical high school (18%). These young people, once they enter the university, between books, lessons, and exams, will graduate on average at 24.2 years of age and it will take them 4.5 years to complete the three year degree. The average final university grade is equal to 96.2. 80% of them attended most of the lessons. During their university studies some have had some study experience abroad (5.5% of them), and educational internships (32.5%).

All considered, are they satisfied with the choice they made? 71.5% say yes, and given the possibility of going back and starting over, they say they would confirm the course of studies chosen and the university.


And once they have earned the first-level degree what do they do?

According to data on Employment Status, it is clear that one year after the three-year degree, 85% of industrial engineers enroll for another two years at the university, while 22% decide to enter the job market. Careful, the sum does not add up to 100 because 12% are present in both categories, because they work and study. Only 3% don’t work or study and are looking for a job.

What  second-level courses do they choose when they proceed with the studies? The most popular second-level courses are:

  1. Mechanical Engineering, chosen by 33% of students
  2. Management Engineering, chosen by 23% of students


First choice: Mechanical Engineering

One year from graduation has passed. It is important to know in particular what the first result in the job market will be. If a person graduates in Mechanical Engineering, after 12 months the employment rate is of 92% and the net monthly wage is 1,501 euros.

But the true test is how things are going after five years: the employment rate reaches 97%. Stability at work involves 89% of the working graduates; in particular, 83% have an open-ended contract, the rest are self-employed.

What about earnings? Definitely good, the net monthly wage is 1,827 euros, the match between studies done and work found is also remarkable. Most of the graduates go into precision metalworking and mechanics (54%), chemicals and energy (16%), and, lastly, 8% work in manufacturing, 6% as consultants.


Second choice: Management Engineering

Twelve months after graduation the employment rate for people who choose to specialize in Management Engineering reaches 91% and the net monthly wage is 1,412 euros. Five years after graduation we find: employment at 96,5%, stability involves 87% of graduates (82% can count on an open-ended contract, the others opt for self-employment). Salaries reach a net monthly value of 1,735 euros.

Most of the graduates go into precision metalworking and mechanics (23%), manufacturing (15%), consulting (13%). Some others go into chemicals and energy companies (12%), computer systems (8%), business and credit and insurance companies (both at 7%).




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