Computer Engineering Chosen as Highest-Paid Major by CNNMoney

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June 27th, 2012

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ECE students use opportunities like the Senior Design Project to get ahead and earn higher salaries after graduation.

According to a report by CNNMoney, students who majored in computer engineering are the top earners of the Class of 2011.

Graduates who studied engineering take home the highest salaries with students majoring in computer science following closely behind.

“Computer engineering majors were the highest-paid of that bunch, bringing in a whopping $70,400 a year,” wrote CNNMoney’s Blake Ellis.

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Associate Professor Martin Herbordt (ECE) wasn’t surprised to hear that computer engineering graduates are in such high demand.

“Computer engineering graduates have a diverse set of skills and experience that make them desirable for positions in a variety of rapidly growing fields,” said Herbordt. “They know how to program and design hardware but perhaps more importantly have experience creating and integrating systems — everything from cell phones to satellites.”

Traditionally, computer engineering graduates go on to work in fields such as consumer electronics, robotics, aerospace, finance, or video games.

The findings come out after the Payscale College Salary Report also gave good news to Electrical & Computer Engineering graduates. They ranked electrical engineering majors the third highest earners and computer engineering graduates received sixth place marks.

According to Payscale, Electrical Engineering graduates average a $61,300 yearly salary out of college and Computer Engineering majors earn slightly higher right out of college at about $61,800.

Boston University’s Class of 2011 is on par with Payscale’s statistics. Recent Electrical Engineering graduates earn an average $69,000 for their starting pay while Computer Engineering graduates earn about $60,000 a year.

BU ECE alumni work at a wide range of companies and organizations including IBM, Raytheon, Genzyme, Microsoft, Dreamworks, Toyota, and Hewlett-Packard.

-Rachel Harrington (rachelah@bu.edu)

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