Computer Engineering Requirements
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Computer engineering is a discipline that integrates electrical engineering and computer science to further advancements in digital technology, computer networking, and computer systems.
Becoming a computer engineer requires a university education that can take from four to seven years to complete. During the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, students complete computer engineering prerequisites and general education courses. The last two years are focused on computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics. Many employers prefer engineers with a master's degree, which means two more years of schooling. Finally, if professional goals include applied research or a career in academia, a PhD in computer engineering may be the answer.
Computer Engineering Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Computer Engineering degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Computer Engineering degrees have experience in is Software Engineer, followed by Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer, Computer Programmer, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Web Developer, Robotics Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, and App Developer.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Computer Hardware Engineer||2.8%||0.1%||35.5×|
|Computer Systems Engineer||3.4%||0.2%||20.4×|
|Software Quality Assurance Engineer||4.4%||0.2%||27.5×|
Computer Engineering Salary
Computer Engineering graduates earn on average $60k, putting them in the 90th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$45k|
|Median (average earners)||$60k|
|75th (top earners)||$75k|
Computer Engineering Underemployment
Computer Engineering graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||19%|