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Become A Circuit Designer

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Working As A Circuit Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $91,104

    Average Salary

What Does A Circuit Designer Do At Apple

* As a SRAM Circuit Designer for custom digital team, you will perform the following:
* Design and implement high performance low power custom digital circuits for SRAM design.
* Responsible for working with logic/architecture team to formulate design specifications.
* Define architecture/topologies optimizing for power, timing, area and yield.
* Work with layout team to supervise the design.
* Perform backend and front-end verification.
* Write RTL, integrate into next level of architecture and validate

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How To Become A Circuit Designer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.


High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.


Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Circuit Designer Career Paths

Circuit Designer
Electrical Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Member Technical Staff
Analog Design Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Contracting Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Field Engineer Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Development Engineer Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Validation Engineer Hardware Design Engineer
Hardware Development Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Network Technician Field Engineer
Lead Field Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Consulting Engineer Hardware Engineer
Lead Hardware Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Principal Design Engineer
13 Yearsyrs
Circuit Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Principal Electrical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Principal Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Electrical Designer Electrical Design Engineer
Senior Electrical Design Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Circuit Design Engineer Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Controls Engineer Electronics Engineer
Senior Electronic Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Hardware Engineer
Senior Hardware Engineer
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Senior Designer
Senior PCB Designer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Circuit Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Carrier

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Swahili

  • Turkish

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Vietnamese

  • Armenian

  • Russian

  • Thai

  • Cantonese

  • Nepali

  • Lingala

  • Kinyarwanda

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Real Circuit Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Integrated Circuit Designer Butterfly Network, Inc. Guilford, CT Sep 13, 2016 $160,000
Technical Deputy Director In RF Circuit Design Mediatek USA, Inc. San Jose, CA May 02, 2010 $160,000
Principal Engineer, Circuit Design Rambus, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 30, 2015 $151,482
Senior Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Designer Nokia Inc. Berkeley, CA Sep 07, 2013 $140,000
Staff Hardware Engineer/Circuit Design Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 06, 2015 $135,533 -
Staff Hardware Engineer/Low-Power Circuit Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 12, 2015 $132,454 -
Staff Hardware Engineer/Circuit Design Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 11, 2015 $132,205 -
Analog Integrated Circuit Designer Butterfly Network, Inc. Guilford, CT Aug 26, 2014 $130,000
Custom Circuit Designer Netlogic Microsystems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 21, 2010 $109,225
SR. Analog & Mixed Signal Circuit Designer-Fnfs Sitime Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 01, 2015 $106,517
Advisory Engineer Circuit Design Lead IBM Corporation Austin, TX Jun 17, 2016 $106,226 -
SR. Integrated Circuit Designer Magnachip Semiconductor, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 11, 2011 $105,000
High Speed Circuit Designer Luxtera, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Nov 01, 2009 $103,721
Mixed Signal Circuit Designer Ambarella Corp Santa Clara, CA Jan 27, 2016 $102,606 -
Smts-Circuit Design Rambus, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Jan 01, 2010 $100,000 -
Analog Circuit Designer Intelliswift Software Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2014 $94,120
Electrical Engineer-Integrated Circuit Design Clare, Inc. Beverly, MA Sep 10, 2011 $91,828
Circuit Designer Solid Silicon Technology, LLC Plano, TX Sep 26, 2011 $90,000
Post-Doc: Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Sep 06, 2010 $90,000 -
Circuit Designer-Memory Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 15, 2015 $88,000
Engineer, Circuit Design Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 11, 2015 $87,607
Senior Engineer, Circuit Design Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $87,607 -
Engineer, Circuit Design Marvell Semiconductor Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 21, 2015 $85,000 -
Associate, Electronics/Circuit Design Global Competitiveness Boston, MA Sep 24, 2014 $84,000
Advisory Analog Circuit Designer IBM Corporation Essex Junction, VT Nov 12, 2014 $77,064 -

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Top Skills for A Circuit Designer


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Top Circuit Designer Skills

  1. Circuit Board Design
  2. Layout Records
  3. DS1
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and updated mechanical drawings, schematic drawings, and printed circuit board designs.
  • Provide complete circuit layout records to field operations groups for order installation.
  • Exceeded managers' goal of designing 100+ DS1 private line circuits per month.
  • Designed DS0, DS1, DS3, OC3, OC12, OC48 ckts.
  • Design Electrical Engineering Contractor for small family business with 12 employees.

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