"python," "rf," and "pcb" aren't the only skills we found hardware engineers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of hardware engineer responsibilities that we found, including:
Before becoming a hardware engineer, 69.3% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 17.0% hardware engineers went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most hardware engineers have a college degree. But about one out of every nine hardware engineers didn't attend college at all.
Those hardware engineers who do attend college, typically earn either a electrical engineering degree or a computer engineering degree. Less commonly earned degrees for hardware engineers include a electrical engineering technology degree or a mechanical engineering degree.
Once you're ready to become a hardware engineer, you should explore the companies that typically hire hardware engineers. According to hardware engineer resumes that we searched through, hardware engineers are hired the most by Apple, Honeywell, and Google. Currently, Apple has 37 hardware engineer job openings, while there are 30 at Honeywell and 21 at Google.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, hardware engineers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Meta, Apple, and Twitter. Take Meta for example. The median hardware engineer salary is $153,814. At Apple, hardware engineers earn an average of $144,233, while the average at Twitter is $143,204. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a hardware engineer include Lockheed Martin, Cisco, and Intel. These three companies were found to hire the most hardware engineers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
For the most part, hardware engineers make their living in the technology and transportation industries. Hardware engineers tend to make the most in the automotive industry with an average salary of $106,285. The hardware engineer annual salary in the technology and telecommunication industries generally make $106,116 and $105,048 respectively. Additionally, hardware engineers who work in the automotive industry make 15.0% more than hardware engineers in the manufacturing Industry.