Some of the skills we found on test engineer resumes included "test scripts," "python," and "hardware." We have detailed the most important test engineer responsibilities below.
We've found that 67.9% of test engineers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 13.2% earned their master's degrees before becoming a test engineer. While it's true that most test engineers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every eight test engineers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those test engineers who do attend college, typically earn either electrical engineering degrees or computer science degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for test engineers include mechanical engineering degrees or electrical engineering technology degrees.
When you're ready to become a test engineer, you might wonder which companies hire test engineers. According to our research through test engineer resumes, test engineers are mostly hired by General Dynamics, Aerotek, and Leidos. Now is a good time to apply as General Dynamics has 292 test engineers job openings, and there are 29 at Aerotek and 18 at Leidos.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, test engineers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Google, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Take Google for example. The median test engineer salary is $134,774. At Twitter, test engineers earn an average of $132,037, while the average at LinkedIn is $129,462. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
We also looked into companies who hire test engineers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Microsoft, IBM, and Lockheed Martin.
For the most part, test engineers make their living in the technology and manufacturing industries. Test engineers tend to make the most in the telecommunication industry with an average salary of $85,264. The test engineer annual salary in the technology and automotive industries generally make $80,945 and $74,354 respectively. Additionally, test engineers who work in the telecommunication industry make 18.1% more than test engineers in the manufacturing Industry.