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Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and Information Research Scientists
Quick Facts : Computer and Information Research Scientists*
2010 Median Pay$100,660
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201228,200
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change5,300


Computer hardware engineers solve problems that arise in complex computer systems and create rapid advances in computer technology.. They research, design, develop, and test computer equipment such as chips, circuit boards, or routers.

What Computer and Information Research Scientists 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

Most computer and information research scientists work for computer systems design and related services firms, scientific research and development companies, or the federal government. Most work full time, and those who do independent research may have flexibility in their work schedules.
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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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Pay

The average salary of computer hardware engineers in May 2010 was $98,810.
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Computer and Information Research Scientists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Computer and Information Research Scientists

100660

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

81947.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Computer and Information Research Scientists*
Percent Change in Employment

Computer and Information Research Scientists

18.7943

Computer and Information Technology Occupations

20.80073003768921

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Computer and Information Research Scientists

Having a bachelor's degree from an accredited school is the best way to become a computer hardware engineer. Most entry-level computer hardware engineers have a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, but a degree in electrical engineering is equally acceptable.
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