Choosing industrial engineering as your major can pay you back faster than most others. According to data from Payscale, industrial engineering ranks as the second-most lucrative profession in the U.S. in terms of early- and mid-career salaries.

While other traditional engineering majors tend to focus on specific applications of skill sets, an industrial engineering education from Wayne State offers the flexibility to build a career in the industry of one's choice. Industrial engineers often begin their careers with varying job titles, including production engineer, quality engineer, management engineer, productivity manager, process engineer and others. A number of global industry leaders — many located right down the street from the university — consistently look to hire Wayne State ISE graduates, particularly in manufacturing, supply chain management, health care and other related engineering fields.