Industrial engineers only recommend job cuts is the opinion of many people. But it is not true.
Industrial engineering increase the productivity of any operator. A self employed person can increase his productivity and earn more income with the assistance of industrial engineers.
Industrial engineers think of welfare of operators. They think of welfare of people. They do not want them to be unemployed. They want full employment societies.
Recently I analyzed and came to the conclusion that India can provide extra employment to 20 crore people in the next years and create a structural change in the employment scene of the country. It is an example of macro-level human effort engineering done by industrial engineering profession.
30 Crore Employed Indians - Full Employment in India