Computer Hardware Engineers

General Information

Description

Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit83.75%
  2. Private, not for profit5.95%
  3. Self-employed3.89%
  4. Federal government3.33%
  5. State and local government2.83%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 4,500 openings for computer hardware engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$119,560

State-by-state Salary

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$164,970
$77,190
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 48%
  • Master's degree 34%
  • Some college 6%
  • Doctoral degree 6%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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