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Tech professionals with computer engineering backgrounds can pursue in-demand jobs that pay much higher than average. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects computer engineering jobs to grow 5% from 2021-2031, which is as fast as average.


Computer engineers design, develop, test, and refine computer systems, software, and equipment. The profession encompasses hardware engineering, software engineering, and network engineering. Computer engineers may also work in subsectors like cybersecurity, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Though some computer engineers freelance, most hold regular jobs with technology companies. Often working in offices or research and development laboratories, these professionals often lead teams of quality assurance analysts and testers.

Computer engineers often hold at least a bachelor's degree. Employers may prefer to hire graduates from an ABET-accredited program. Computer engineering professionals need a strong background in both computer science and electrical engineering. Earning a master's degree in the field can help professionals pursue higher-paying jobs with greater advancement potential.

Employers maintain varying standards for job openings and promotions. Computer engineering professionals can stay up-to-date in their field by pursuing certifications. Optional credentialscan boost a professional's credibility and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing development.

The steps to become a computer engineer start with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, computer science, or electrical engineering. Candidates with graduate degrees can pursue higher-paying positions with greater responsibilities.

Computer engineers have a strong understanding of engineering and technology concepts. Many work in research laboratories or in the manufacturing sector designing and testing computer components. Becoming a computer engineer involves getting a bachelor's degree in the field. Students typically take classes in math, physics, and computer science.

These professionals need critical thinking skills to develop solutions for various problems. They also need strong communication abilities to work well on a team. Many computer engineers complete continuing education throughout their careers to stay on top of emerging issues and trends in the field.

To become a computer engineer, you need at least a bachelor's degree. Many schools offer programs in computer engineering, but some candidates have backgrounds in electrical engineering or computer science.

With degree programs ranging from game design to digital art and animation, DigiPen turns students into experts on all things computers and programming. DigiPen's Washington location also puts the school close to several top gaming and technology companies, including Nintendo Software Technology, Microsoft, Valve, and Boeing.

Colorado State is a leader in the computer- and electrical-engineering spaces, and, by graduation, 75% of the classes between 2007 and 2012 were either employed full-time, attending graduate school, or going into the military or another public service. Top employers of CSU school of engineering grads include Schlumberger, Lockheed Martin, and Wolf Robotics.

Twice a year, Brigham Young hosts one of the largest technical career fairs in the Intermountain West. The career-services department works with more than 1,000 top companies to recruit BYU engineering students for jobs and internships around the world, and offers many other resources and connections specifically for female engineers.

"Powering the new engineer" is the University of Florida's motto for its 8,700-strong engineering program. UF is a top 10 school in total STEM degrees awarded, and the undergraduate program has been ranked No. 2 by US News & World Report.

The Wall Street Journal named the engineering program at North Carolina State 15th in recruiter rankings. The school is visited by a number of local and national employers eager to hire NCSU grads; this fall, the school will host companies like Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck, among others.

Average starting salaries for University of Minnesota at Twin Cities engineering graduates range from $53,000 to $77,900. These are students who are sought after by elite companies like Honeywell, General Electric, NASA, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

Many UC Santa Barbara students join professional engineering organizations such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association of Computing Machinery, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Students can graduate with a bachelor's in four years, or a dual bachelor's-master's in five.

OSU engineering students take advantage of a number of study-abroad programs in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Employment outcomes are very positive: 100% of students with a focus in aviation reported finding employment at graduation; 95% of industrial and systems engineering students, and another 82% of computer-science and engineering students report the same. Average starting salaries range from $54,458 to $67,170.

UC Davis is ranked No. 17 among top US public universities for the best undergraduate engineering programs by US News. The school puts on a company day, where potential employers can come recruit UC Davis students, and other career events. It even has a separate recruiting event for Apple engineers.

Last year, RIT engineering students generated more than $30 million in earnings through employment placements. During their degrees, students participate in at least one year of full-time, paid experiential cooperative education experience with more than 500 companies, including Apple, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Welch Allyn.

Penn State is ranked seventh in the nation for industrial engineering, 10th for materials engineering, and 18th overall by US News. Every student completes at least one internship, and 45.2% of those who do receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship placements.

Eighty-five percent of Maryland undergraduate engineering students were either employed full-time or about to attend graduate school full-time by the time they graduated. Another 85% of undergraduate co-op and intern students who applied for full-time positions with their co-op or intern placements received offers. A bachelor's in engineering from Maryland pays off well, with the average starting salary falling around $66,500.

The "A&M" part of Texas A&M stands for agricultural and mechanical, as engineering has always been a part of this large Texas research university. The Dwight Look College of Engineering is ranked No. 8 overall for best undergraduate engineering program by US News, and the college is ranked No. 1 for the best petroleum engineering program.

Twelve percent of graduates from the Northeastern class of 2013 majored in an engineering field. Students get a well-rounded, experiential education compiled of both classroom and hands-on learning that takes them out into the world to apply what they learn in class to real-life problems.

The Viterbi School of Engineering at USC ranks 12th on US News' list of the best global universities for computer science. The school is known for its strong video game programming specialization; its video games program was ranked No. 1 by The Princeton Review for the sixth year in a row.

The engineering school at UC San Diego ranks 14th in the US and 18th in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Rankings of World Universities. The school specializes in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives, including contextual robotics, makerspace and design, and global entrepreneurism.

A starting point for over 33,000 working engineers, UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is also considered the birthplace of the internet: The first transmission from what would become the web was sent from campus. Bioengineering and biomedical research are two popular fields of study here.

In 2013, Vanderbilt engineering graduates landed jobs at ExxonMobil, Texas Instruments, and General Motors, among others. Every spring, Vandy also hosts an engineering-centric career day, which directly connects students with recruiters from top companies like Baker Hughes and Philips Healthcare.

Purdue takes US News' No. 9 spot for top undergraduate engineering programs overall, but they aren't stopping there: Purdue is updating their facilities and hopes to grow the faculty by 30% over the next five years.

University of Illinois engineering students receive an average of two job offers apiece and earn about 11% more than other engineering undergrads around the country. The mean starting salary for the class of 2014 ranged from $48,800 for nuclear, plasma, and radiological majors to $89,023 for computer-science majors.

Yale's School of Engineering and Applied Science offers degrees across six disciplines of engineering: biomedical, chemical, environmental, electrical, mechanical, and materials science. Students can join a number of national engineering organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers and the Tau Beta Pi honor society.

Ensuring that every student finds a job (or enrolls in graduate school) after graduation is a top priority at Johns Hopkins. The school employs a full staff of 12 to help students with everything from writing resumes to finding internships. Students gain plenty of experience on-campus as well: 70% of undergrads in the engineering department participate in research opportunities.

Not only are RPI graduates prepared to handle professional engineering positions, they're ready to prove it. Last year, 58% of students graduated with a full-time job offer, and another 18% had plans to attend graduate school. Top employers for the class of 2014 include Schlumberger, Deloitte, Boeing, and General Electric.

Among the class of 2013, 92% of undergraduate engineering students were either on their way to graduate school or employed full-time by graduation day, with several headed to top companies including Proctor & Gamble, Accenture, and Google. The average starting salary for the class was $72,287, though some students reported earning as much as $120,000. 041b061a72

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