|Quick Facts: Computer Hardware Engineers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$100,920 per year
$48.52 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||83,300|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||7% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||6,200|
Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. By creating new directions in computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology.
Computer hardware engineers usually work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models. Most work in high-tech manufacturing firms.
Most computer hardware engineers need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program.
The median annual wage for computer hardware engineers was $100,920 in May 2012.
Employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. A limited number of engineers will be needed to meet the demand for new computer hardware because more of the technology innovation takes place with software than with hardware.
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