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Industry Outlook & Careers

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Large firms such as IBM, Lockheed Martin and Intel have sought out Clarkson graduates for many years. As the Web and modern technology continue to revolutionize the way industry operates, more opportunities are opening up in small firms, too.

According to the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, the average starting salary for computer engineers with a bachelor’s degree was $61,738 in 2009.

Computer engineers take on a variety of challenges in their work, including:

  • Chip design, verification and testing
  • Board-level design
  • Design of ASICS
  • Interactive graphical user interface design: making systems easier to use or data easier to interpret
  • Database applications
  • Software tool development
  • Embedded system design—hardware/software systems such as those that control your antilock brakes, DVD or a hospital's MRI equipment