A report by CNNmoney states that students who majored in computer engineering were the top earners of the class of 2011. On top of that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for computer software engineers is expected to grow by nearly 38% by 2016. You may have just stumbled upon your new career!
There are two types of engineers, hardware and software. A hardware engineer deals with physical components. They research, design, and test the physical components of a computer including circuit boards, chips, and keyboards. A software engineer, called developers, create programs for users to perform task. They create the software that translates the commands from applications into instructions that the hardware can understand. They create the operating systems and computer interfaces for desktops and consumer electronics.
95% of jobs are located in metropolitan areas. Positions are located in research labs and manufacturing labs. Some work in computer system design firms, research and develop firms, or federal government. Just as there is a range of potential work environments you may end up being in, there are also a large variety of things you may be creating programs for. Computer engineers create on computers, cell phones, navigational systems in your car, video games, and etc. If you’re creative, love computers, and don’t mind making a lot of money in the process then this just might be for you!
Some of the highest income makers coming directly out of college are graduates in the computer engineering field. This is a great incentive to buckled down and stay focused on those late nights studying in your dorm. This will literally pay off.. BIG TIME! The average salary for computer engineer job postings nationwide are 29% higher than average salaries for all jobs nationwide. Sound good yet? Let’s get into the specifics.
The overall computer engineer salary is $87,000. To be even more specific let’s discuss what you can expect if you enter involved in hardware or software. Starting with the low end of what you can expect. As a software engineer the lowest 10% average $45.44/hr or $57,810 annually. The highest 10% average $65.28 or $135,780. As a hardware engineer the percentages or a slight bit higher. A hardware computer engineer salary on the low end can on average expect $48.73/hr or $62,400. The highest 10% of hardware engineers make $70.07/hr or $147,610. Not a bad day’s work!