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Got a technical mindset? Computer Engineering could be the pathway for you, allowing you to analyse and design a variety of computer parts, software solutions and operating systems.

$119,560

Computer hardware engineers make an average of USD$119,560 a year

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Computer Engineering jobs are expected to grow 2% by 2030

87%

87% of computer engineers are happy with their jobs

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The US tech industry is worth around USD$1.6 trillion

Computer Engineering combines Computer Science and Electrical Engineering principles to develop the hardware and firmware that are used in electronics, medical devices, electric cars and so much more. Computer engineers develop, prototype and test hardware like circuits, conductors, microchips and processors, which are then used in smartphones, computers, IoT gadgets and more. They’ll also develop firmware to work alongside these pieces of hardware, creating powerful devices. If you love working with your hands as well as your brain, Computer Engineering could be a rewarding pathway to consider.
To thrive in Computer Engineering, it’s great to have a curious and investigative personality. You’ll regularly face technical challenges and will need to find practical solutions to these problems. Coding, mathematics and programming skills will all come in handy as well. You’ll also have to be okay with completing some tedious documentation from time to time! In the workforce, computer engineers will typically work in corporate or start-up environments, working a regular full-time schedule between 9am-5pm. Some computer engineers are able to work remotely or according to a flexible schedule, meaning it can be a fantastic role for introverts and independent workers.
68% of computer engineers have a Bachelor’s degree, meaning it is often the benchmark to enter the industry. Some course options include Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Programming or Electrical Engineering. Interestingly, average Computer Engineering salaries increase in relation to the level of education obtained - people with a Bachelor’s earn an average of USD$89,000 while those with a Master’s earn USD$102,000! In the US, a Computer Engineering degree can cost around USD$30,000 a year, while in Australia a degree can set you back AUD$35,000-45,000 a year. In addition to a degree, it can also be smart to obtain some relevant certifications like CCNP Wireless, ARM Accredited Engineer or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.
Computer Engineering is set to see an average job growth of 5% by 2026. Luckily, those with Computer Engineering skills can easily transition into a range of other in-demand roles like computer programming, web development and database administration. If you instead want to niche down into the area of your study, consider computer software development - a career path that’s set to see demand increase by 24% by 2026!
With a background in Computer Engineering, there are an endless number of pathways you could go down.

Computer Engineer

As a computer engineer, you can choose to specialise in hardware or software. If working with hardware, you’ll work on new hardware systems and also test existing hardware. If you opt for software engineering instead, you’ll utilise your knowledge of programming languages to develop apps, operating systems, games and more. It’s also possible to work with both hardware and software if you’d love to combine your creative and technical sides.

Computer Programmer

Computer programmers write and test code that run computer programs and applications. As a computer programmer, you’ll often work alongside software developers and engineers. You will also be responsible for testing and updating existing programs to ensure optimal performance.

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts are responsible for maintaining and improving computer systems as well as propose new systems for organisations to adopt. You’ll also be in charge of writing and publishing technical reports and training end-users appropriately.

Computer Network Architect

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, which can include intranets, local area networks and wide area networks. As well as creating plans and layouts for new data communication networks, you’ll also upgrade existing software to ensure things keep running smoothly.

Web Developer

Web developers build and maintain websites, managing their overall look and feel as well as improve their performance and capacity. You can choose to work as a front end or back end developer, or as an all-rounder, which would make you a full stack developer.

Top Computer Engineering courses

Top Universities to study Computer Engineering

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Camosun College

Camosun College

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Durham College

Durham College

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Algonquin College

Algonquin College

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Cambrian College

Cambrian College

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York University

York University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Fleming College

Fleming College

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Carleton University

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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Conestoga College

Conestoga College

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Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland

THE ranking: 601

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Niagara College

Niagara College

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Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Guelph

University of Guelph

THE ranking: 501

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

THE ranking: 301

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

THE ranking: 501

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Massey University

Massey University

THE ranking: 601

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

THE ranking: 351

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Brunel University London

Brunel University London

THE ranking: 351

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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University of Essex

University of Essex

THE ranking: 301

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Newcastle University

Newcastle University

THE ranking: 146

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Middlesex University

Middlesex University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Manchester

University of Manchester

THE ranking: 50

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University of Surrey

University of Surrey

THE ranking: 201

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University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

THE ranking: 401

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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

THE ranking: 86

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Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London

THE ranking: 117

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University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

THE ranking: 110

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University of Bath

University of Bath

THE ranking: 201

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University of Southampton

University of Southampton

THE ranking: 124

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Bangor University

Bangor University

THE ranking: 401

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University of East London

University of East London

THE ranking: 801

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University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia

THE ranking: 182

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University of Warwick

University of Warwick

THE ranking: 78

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University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

THE ranking: 141

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University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

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University of Dundee

University of Dundee

THE ranking: 201

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University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

THE ranking: 601

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University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

THE ranking: 601

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Middlesex University - Dubai Campus

Middlesex University - Dubai Campus

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

THE ranking: 201

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Northern College

Northern College

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Vanier College

Vanier College

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Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

THE ranking: 155

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TU Dublin

TU Dublin

THE ranking: 801

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Brighton

University of Brighton

THE ranking: 601

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Newcastle University - INTO UK

Newcastle University - INTO UK

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Northern College at Pures -Toronto

Northern College at Pures -Toronto

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London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

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Aviron Quebec College Technique

Aviron Quebec College Technique

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University of Huddersfield ISC - Study Group UK

University of Huddersfield ISC - Study Group UK

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University of Sheffield International College - Study Group UK

University of Sheffield International College - Study Group UK

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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