Most research engineers list "python," "hardware," and "r" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important research engineer responsibilities here:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a research engineer. We found that 31.4% of research engineers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 42.3% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most research engineers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's impossible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every ten research engineers were not college graduates.
Those research engineers who do attend college, typically earn either a mechanical engineering degree or a electrical engineering degree. Less commonly earned degrees for research engineers include a chemical engineering degree or a biomedical engineering degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a research engineer. We've found that most research engineer resumes include experience from Ford Motor Company, Micro Focus, and Facebook. Of recent, Ford Motor Company had 15 positions open for research engineers. Meanwhile, there are 12 job openings at Micro Focus and 10 at Facebook.
Since salary is important to some research engineers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Comprehend Systems, Zoox, and Qeexo. If you were to take a closer look at Comprehend Systems, you'd find that the average research engineer salary is $149,549. Then at Zoox, research engineers receive an average salary of $147,281, while the salary at Qeexo is $146,323.
We also looked into companies who hire research engineers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Motorola Solutions.
In general, research engineers fulfill roles in the technology and manufacturing industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the research engineer annual salary is the highest in the telecommunication industry with $107,589 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the technology and manufacturing industries pay $103,785 and $91,176 respectively. This means that research engineers who are employed in the telecommunication industry make 26.0% more than research engineers who work in the automotive Industry.