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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.

Racial Distribution

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%
Computer Engineering Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

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:

Important Knowledge Areas for Computer Engineering Majors

Skills for CE Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to CE:

Important Skills for Computer Engineering Majors

Abilities for CE Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a CE student include the following:

Important Abilities for CE Majors

What Can You Do With a CE Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with CE:

Careers Related to Computer Engineering
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

Engineering Professors

14.7%

$101,720

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.

Average Salary for a CE Major  ( 111000 to 118000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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$200k

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.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Computer Engineering
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

0.6%

Post-Secondary Certificate

4%

Some College Courses

0.6%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

4.1%

Bachelor's Degree

59.6%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

2.7%

Master's Degree

18.9%

Post-Master's Certificate

1.6%

First Professional Degree

0%

Doctoral Degree

6.1%

Post-Doctoral Training

1.6%

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!

computer engineering salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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