General Computer Engineering

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
12,329
growing 4.17%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,270
growing 3.06%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$39,227
growing 0.482%
Average Wage
$115,947
growing 3.86%
People in Workforce
4.54M
growing 1.44%
Average Employee Age
43.1
growing 0.0586%

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The locations with the highest concentration of General Computer Engineering degree recipients are Columbus, OH, Champaign, IL, and San Jose, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of General Computer Engineering degree recipients are University of California-Merced, CA, Santa Clara, CA, and Hoboken, NJ. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Computer Engineering is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Computer Engineering and the types of students that study this field. Ohio State University-Main Campus awards the most degrees in General Computer Engineering in the US, but Florida Polytechnic University and Santa Clara University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Computer Engineering.

Tuition costs for General Computer Engineering majors are, on average, $8,270 for in-state public colleges, and $39,227 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Computer Engineering programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (181 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (9,795 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Computer Engineering

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Computer Engineering, is Public, 4-year or above (9,795 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer General Computer Engineering programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,270
Median In-State Public
$39,227
Median Out of State Private

Ohio State University-Main Campus has the most General Computer Engineering degree recipients, with 396 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer General Computer Engineering programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Florida Polytechnic University has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Computer Engineering, with 11.8%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Computer Engineering

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in General Computer Engineering by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for General Computer Engineering.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Engineering graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Engineering majors is $115,947 and the most common occupations are Software developers, Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers, and Civil engineers.

The industry that employs the most Engineering majors is Architectural, engineering & related services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$115,947
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,142
3.86%
1 Year Growth
± 1.36%

The average salary for Engineering majors is $115,947 and the most common occupations are Software developers, Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers, and Civil engineers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Engineering majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Engineering majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Engineering majors, by number of employees, are Software developers, Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers, and Civil engineers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Engineering majors working as Chemical engineers, Civil engineers, and Aerospace engineers.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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4.54M
2019 Workforce
± 51,544
1.44%
1 Year Growth
± 1.59%

The number of Engineering graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.44%, from 4.48M in 2018 to 4.54M in 2019.

The largest single share of Engineering graduates go on to work as Software developers (9%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Engineering by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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The most common industries that employ Engineering majors, by number of employees, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Computer Systems Design, and Construction.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Computer Engineering is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering.
4.54M
2019 Workforce
± 51,544
1.44%
1 Year Growth
± 1.59%

The number of Engineering graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.44%, from 4.48M in 2018 to 4.54M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Engineering graduates by share is Architectural, engineering & related services, followed by Computer Systems Design. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Engineering.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Engineering majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Engineering in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Engineering is 43.1.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Engineering degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Engineering (4,843 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Computer Engineering is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering.
43.1
Average Age in 2019
± 0.152 Years
0.0586%
1 Year Change
± 0.499%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Engineering. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 26 years old, which represent 2.84% and 2.77% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in General Computer Engineering are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Engineering are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (84.1%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,843 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien
    3,220 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,935 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Computer Engineering for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Male
    3,855 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Male
    1,439 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    915 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General Computer Engineering. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    466,852 degree recipients
  2. China
    156,358 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    85,234 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. India
    4.35 times more than expected
  2. Iceland
    4.24 times more than expected
  3. Libya
    4.16 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in India that hold Engineering degrees (4.35 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (466,852 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the General Computer Engineering field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General Computer Engineering majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General Computer Engineering majors need more than the average amount of Installation, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for General Computer Engineering majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Installation is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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