Demand for Computer Engineering Graduates Grows

in Graduate Programs, Graduate Student Opportunities, Graduate Students, News-CE, Undergraduate Programs, Undergraduate Student Opportunities, Undergraduate Students
August 12th, 2010

It’s a great time to graduate with a degree in computer engineering.

Computer engineering student, Yirong Pu (PhD '11), examines a VLSI chip design.

CE student, Yirong Pu (PhD '11), examines a VLSI chip design created by Duk Joong Kim.

A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said that there is a huge demand for computer engineers, with the number of new positions doubling the number of computer engineering (CE) graduates each year.

The report also finds that the demand for computer engineers will grow more quickly than most other occupations during the next eight years thanks to a surge in electronic records, wireless technology, data processing and information security.

The data seems to hold true for Boston University graduates, too.

“Our own CE students have found great success out of college,” said Professor Michael Ruane. “A high proportion found jobs quickly or commenced graduate degrees.”

In fact, out of the 92% of CE majors from the Class of 2010 who filled out a recent survey, all had either entered graduate school or started jobs after Commencement. And those who entered the work force averaged $60-65K starting salaries.

According to the BLS, patent law firms, management consultancies and financial companies are some of the best places for a computer engineer to find a position right now.

The latest report by the BLS is just the latest good news for CE majors. In December 2009, the U.S. News & World Report listed computer software engineers, network architects and systems analysts as among their “Best Careers 2010.”

-Rachel Harrington (rachelah@bu.edu)