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Computer Engineering

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Overview:

Computer engineers analyze, design, and evaluate computer systems, both hardware and software. They might work on system such as a flexible manufacturing system or a "smart" device or instrument.

They work on the design, planning, development, testing, and even the supervision of manufacturing of computer hardware -- including everything from chips to device controllers. They also focus on computer networks for the transmission of data and multimedia.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Overview (continued):

Computer Engineers work on the interface between different pieces of hardware and strive to provide new capabilities to existing and new systems or products.

The work of a computer engineer is grounded in the hardware -- from circuits to architecture -- but also focuses on operating systems and software. Computer engineers must understand logic design, microprocessor system design, computer architecture, computer interfacing, and continually focus on system requirements and design.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Preparation:

Students studying computer engineering may choose to focus on specialty areas including artificial intelligence (intelligent systems for applications such as robotics, language understanding, knowledge acquisition, reasoning, computer vision, and pattern recognition), computer systems (design and analysis of computers including VLSI systems, computer architecture, computer networks, and integrated circuits), or systems and computations (including the integration of hardware and software into systems).

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Preparation (continued):

Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

In the last 2 years a computer engineering program might include courses in computer hardware, microcomputers, software engineering, digital signal/image processing, electromagnetism, electronic devices/circuits, and computer organization and design.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Preparation (continued):

Those interested in a career in Computer Engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. Accreditation is based on an evaluation of an engineering program's student achievement, program improvement, faculty, curricular content, facilities, and institutional commitment. A list of universities offering accredited degrees in Computer Engineering is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life– Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Day in the Life:

Computer engineers are concerned with the design, development, and implementation of computer technology into a wide range of consumer, industrial, commercial, and military applications.

As more and more products incorporate or interact with computers, computer engineers are challenged to develop computer applications that improve the quality of life while being sensitive to manufacturing and distribution costs.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Day in the Life (continued):

Teams and Coworkers

Computer Engineers must have strong analytical stills and be detail oriented. In addition, they must work well in team situations as they are often called upon to work in a group setting with other engineers and with others outside of engineering.

Communication abilities are important because engineers often interact with specialists in a wide range of fields outside engineering.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Day in the Life (continued):

Tasks

Computer engineers work on hardware, software and the interface between the two. They work in teams with other engineers and others from other areas to design, build, and maintain systems that incorporate or use computers.

Working as a computer engineer requires expertise in both computer hardware and software to create systems or product designs that are cost effective and useful.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Day in the Life (continued):

The Workplace

Computer engineers usually work in offices or laboratories in comfortable surroundings. They usually work about 40 hours a week -- the same as many other professional or office workers do. However, evening or weekend work may be necessary to meet deadlines or solve specific problems.

Given the technology available today, telecommuting is common for computer professionals.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Earnings:

Entry-level salaries vary based on your areas of expertise, experience, education, supervisory responsibility, accountability for projects, and the geographic location, size, and industry of the employer.

According to a 2005 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor's degree candidates in computer engineering received starting salary offers averaging $52,464 a year, master's degree candidates were offered $60,354, and Ph.D. candidates were offered $69,625.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Employment:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer engineers held about 77,000 jobs in the US in 2004. This represents 5.3% of the 1.4 million jobs held by engineers in the U.S. in 2004.

Computer engineers are employed in industry, government, education and consulting. They may be working on a new design of an electronic component for an individual project, focused on the development of software specific to a new or redesigned product, or may work in sales or support research.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Employment (continued):

Computer engineers frequently work on new applications of computers, such as advances in digital television and photography, virtual meeting technology, intelligent highways, control systems, and new technologies for cars, phones, security systems, telescopes, airplanes, and space vehicles.

A sample list of employers of Computer Engineers is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment–Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Career Path Forecast:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer engineers are expected to have average employment growth through 2014.

As computer and semiconductor manufacturing contract out more of their engineering needs, much of the growth in employment should occur in the computer systems design and related services industry.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Career Path Forecast (continued):

Employment of computer engineers is expected to grow as businesses and other organizations adopt and integrate new technologies and seek to maximize the efficiency of their computer systems.

Competition among businesses will continue to create an incentive for increasingly sophisticated technological innovations, and organizations will need more computer engineers to implement these changes.

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment –Career Path Forecast–Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

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Computer Engineering

Resources:

More information about Computer Engineering is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including employer lists, accredited Computer Engineering programs, suggestions for precollege students, a free monthly careers newsletter, and a PDF that summarizes the field.

Associations:

Association for Computing Machinery

Association for Women in Computing

IEEE Computer Society

The British Computer Society

Overview –Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.