In a business world that increasingly depends on technology, interconnectedness and sophisticated infrastructure, including the very grid systems that power manufacturing, electrical and computer engineers will continue to be in demand.
While companies in every region of the U.S. will be recruiting these professionals, ten metropolitan areas stand out for the level of hiring of electrical engineers and computer engineers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). California has the most cities with a high level of hiring for these occupations. It's followed by Texas and then, more or less equally, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Michigan and the District of Columbia.
In recognizing the demand in these two areas of engineering, it’s no surprise that enrollment in master’s degree programs for computer science engineering jumped 17% in 2014 over the previous year1, and 12% for electrical engineering1, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that a master’s degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering ranked among the top ten master’s degrees sought by corporations and organizations, according to a Forbes report2.
The University of Delaware offers an online master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. Armed with a master’s degree, prospective electrical3 and computer engineering4 job candidates would be wise to seek out positions in these major metropolitan cities, based on the most recent data from the BLS for electrical engineers.
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California: Employment of electrical engineers and computer hardware engineers reached a total of 18,470. This metropolitan area is at the heart of Silicon Valley, where the annual mean wage for electrical engineers was $134,610, while the rate for computer hardware engineers was $141,000.
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California: A total of 7,060 electrical engineers and computer hardware engineers were working in this metropolitan area. The area is home to such major tech employers as chip company Qualcomm, as well as a number of startups. The annual mean wage for electrical engineers was $117,210, while computer hardware engineers earned $114,310.
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts: Computer hardware engineers and electrical engineers saw employment reach 6,580 in this metropolitan area. The state is considered a major player5 in the research and development area, as well as in testing labs, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)6. Electrical engineers earned an annual mean wage of $109,760 and computer hardware engineers, $114,150.
Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas: This metropolitan area in the big state of Texas employed a total of 1,970 computer hardware engineers. The state has a number of engineers who work with big data and mobile technologies7, according to a report by technology careers site Dice.com. The annual mean wage for computer hardware engineers is $107,620.
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California: Employment of electrical engineers and computer hardware engineers reached a total of 7,010 here. The Los Angeles area profits from the merging of the entertainment and computer technology industries as Hollywood and the gaming industry increasingly incorporate advanced technology. In addition, the SoCal region is booming with startups, says a TechCrunch report7. According to the BLS, the annual mean wage of electrical engineers is $105,780, while a computer hardware engineer earns $111,650.
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.: A total of 5,400 electrical engineers and computer engineers were employed in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The area is home to government contractors and federal government agencies in need of engineers, as well as a number of private companies with similar needs. Electrical engineers earn an annual mean wage of $114,860, while computer hardware engineers earn $118,020.
Houston-Sugar Land-The Woodlands, Texas: This metropolitan area employed 4,450 electrical engineers at an annual mean wage of $107,410.
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington: The Pacific Northwest metropolitan area employed a total of 4,300 electrical engineers, who earned an annual mean wage of $107,890. The region is home to Microsoft, with its Xbox console gaming division, and vast computer hardware and software development operations.
New York-White Plains, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey: This New York region, which has been dubbed Silicon Alley, employed 4,970 electrical engineers, who earned an annual mean wage of $100,500.
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan: This automotive center employed 4,070 electrical engineers, who earned an annual mean salary of $87,080. One of the major employers in the area includes automaker General Motors, which operates its technical center in Warren.
The University of Delaware’s online M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed to provide students with the advanced skills necessary to succeed in today’s industry. This program incorporates the latest trends and industry developments into coursework, and provides students with the edge they need to become leaders in the field.