Computer Engineering Major
Computer engineering is a major that typically falls into the Engineering category.
There are 28 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in CE, 352 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 180 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 74 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting a CE Degree?
Computer engineering runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #53 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 8,600 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. This major tends to be male dominated. About 87.1% of recent graduates are men.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of CE majors is as follows:
- Asian: 18.2%
- Black or African American: 4.7%
- Hispanic or Latino: 11.4%
- White: 48%
- Non-Resident Alien: 11.1%
- Other Races: 6.6%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in CE. About 11.1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending CE majors to the U.S. are India, China and Saudi Arabia.
What Will You Learn as a Computer Engineering Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to CE to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for CE Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
Skills for CE Majors
The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to CE:
Abilities for CE Majors
Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a CE student include the following:
What Can You Do With a CE Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with CE:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Computer Hardware Engineers||5.4%||$114,600|
|Software Developers, Applications||30.7%||$103,620|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||11.1%||$110,000|
|Telecommunications Engineering Specialists||6.5%||$109,020|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||5.5%||$140,760|
Computer Engineering Major Salary
CE majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $111,000 to $118,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.
Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.
Amount of Education Required for Computer Engineering Major Jobs
Some careers associated with CE require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to CE have obtained the following education levels.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||0%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||0.6%|
|Some College Courses||0.6%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||4.1%|
|First Professional Degree||0%|
Online Computer Engineering Programs
There are 352 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, with 11 of them offering at least some courses online.
Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.
Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.
Is a Computer Engineering Major Worth It?
The median salary for a CE grad is $114,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 192% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,495,600 after 20 years!
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