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Careers in the USA: Computer Hardware Engineers

Computer Hardware Engineers
Computer hardware engineers solve problems that arise in computer hardware.

Quick Facts: Computer Hardware Engineers

2012 Median Pay
$100,920 per year
$48.52 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
None

Number of Jobs, 2012
83,300

Job Outlook, 2012-22
7% (Slower than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
6,200

What Computer Hardware Engineers Do
Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. By creating new directions in computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology.

Work Environment
Computer hardware engineers usually work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models. Most work in high-tech manufacturing firms.

How to Become a Computer Hardware Engineer
Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.

Pay
The median annual wage for computer hardware engineers was $100,920 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. A limited number of engineers will be needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more of the technology innovation takes place with software than with hardware.

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