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Computer Hardware Engineers

Computer Hardware Engineers
Quick Facts : Computer Hardware Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$98,810
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201270,000
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change6,300

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer equipment such as chips, circuit boards, or routers. They help create large server farms which are used to store huge amounts of data. By solving complex problems in computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology.

What Computer Hardware Engineers Do

  • Design new computer hardware, creating blueprints of computer equipment to be built
  • Test the completed models of the computer hardware they design
  • Analyze the test results and modify the design as needed
  • Update existing computer equipment so that it will work with new software
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for computer hardware

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. Some work in computer systems design firms, research and development firms, or for the federal government.  
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Job Outlook

Employment of computer hardware engineers is expected to increase 9 percent from 2010 to 2020 with most job growth expected to occur in computer consulting firms.
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The average salary for computer hardware engineers in May 2010 was $100,660.
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Becoming a Computer Hardware Engineers

Most computer and information research scientists need a Ph.D. in computer science or a related subject, such as computer engineering. A Ph.D. usually requires 4 to 5 years of study after the bachelor's degree, in a computer-related field such as computer science or information systems.
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