Computer Hardware Engineering
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Computer hardware engineering is a program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development, and evaluation of computer hardware and related peripheral equipment. includes instruction in computer circuit and chip design, circuitry, computer systems design, computer equipment design, computer layout planning, testing procedures, and related computer theory and software topics.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($155K) with a Master's Degree: Carnegie Mellon University
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Careers for program graduates
Computer hardware engineering majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Software DevelopersComputer ProgrammersSpecialized ManagersComputer and Information Syste...Specialized EngineersComputer Systems AnalystsSpecialized Computer Occupatio...Software Quality Assurance Ana...Computer User Support Speciali...Computer Hardware EngineersManagement AnalystsChief executives and legislato...Architectural and Engineering ...Electrical and electronics eng...Postsecondary Teachers
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0204060800-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's Degree
Completions over time
Have completions for computer engineering changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in computer hardware engineering doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field computer engineering, which includes computer hardware engineering.
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for computer engineering majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: computer engineering majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's incomputer engineering by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in computer engineering
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 38% of computer engineering majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of computer engineering majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 67% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
24%26%0%10%20%30%40%50%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Doctorate
Top careers for those with a degree in computer engineering
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering (which combines 5 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Software Developers
  2. Computer Programmers
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  5. Specialized Engineers
  6. Computer Systems Analysts
  7. Specialized Computer Occupations
  8. Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
  9. Computer User Support Specialists
  10. Computer Hardware Engineers
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Careers for computer engineering majors
Where do computer engineering majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in computer engineering
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by computer engineering graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Software DevelopersComputer ProgrammersSpecialized ManagersComputer and Informa...Specialized Engineer...Computer Systems Ana...Specialized Computer...Software Quality Ass...Computer User Suppor...Computer Hardware En...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire computer engineering majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire computer engineering majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by computer engineering majors.
Computer EngineeringAll other degreesComputer Hardware Enginee...Software DevelopersSoftware Quality Assuranc...Computer ProgrammersComputer Network Architec...Computer and Information ...Information Security Anal...Database administrators a...Computer and Information ...Architectural and Enginee...Network and Computer Syst...Specialized Computer Occu...Computer User Support Spe...Specialized EngineersElectrical and electronic...ArchitectsAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer computer hardware engineering degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Chemical Engineering
  5. Computer Engineering
  6. Biomedical Engineering
  7. Engineering
  8. Industrial Engineering
  9. Aerospace and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  10. Materials Engineering
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Careers for computer engineering majors
computer engineering is part of a larger collection of programs: Engineering. Is there a different program that's close to computer engineering that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in computer hardware engineering earned in the last academic year, 16% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 83% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For computer engineering graduates, men have a 16% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 62% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all computer hardware engineering graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 84% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 84% of other programs.