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What is the future for Computer Hardware Engineering

Will there be any jobs in future for Hardware Engineers? What kind of companies hire them? Is it better to do Computer Science and Engineering?

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Rudy’s Answer

Absolutely there is a future!

Computer / Hardware Engineers are not limited to designing traditional computers: laptops, desktops, servers, etc.
In fact, the field is very broad in nature and it is growing significantly with the IoT / AI / ML / Crypto Currency / Gaming / Cloud / Auto Self driving industries.
As 5G and other high bandwidth / low cost internet access technologies become prevalent society and industry will increase automation and automatization of every day activities - all of that requires computing power and computer hardware engineers to design the devices and products.

Even more exciting is the upcoming Quantum computing industry - imagine all the benefits of quantum computers! And Hardware Engineers will be needed to jump in and help.

Adding to my original answer. Companies that hire Computer / Hardware Engineers can be boiled down to many industries: High Tech / Consumer products, High Tech / IT Enterprise, Social Media, eCommerce, Industrial applications, Automakers, Appliance makers, Aerospace, Government/Military, Research institutions, etc..

a short list: DELL, Apple, IBM, Google, Amazon, Samsung, HP, Boeing, Tesla, SpaceX, etc.
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Daniel’s Answer

There is absolutely future for hardware engineers! If you choose to study CS, it will be more difficult to get into a hardware position. If you are interested in perusing a career in hardware, I would encourage you to study electrical engineering.
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Matt’s Answer

Short answer: Yes, there will be lots of jobs in Computer Hardware Engineering. Computers aren't going away and are in fact becoming more embedded in our lives. Google "Internet of Things" for some examples of the explosive growth of embedded computers.


Companies like Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, nVidia, AMD, Atmel and many more are hiring Computer Hardware Engineers.


Ask yourself this: Do you enjoy building circuits or writing software more? If you enjoy (and are great at!) building circuits, you might prefer a career in Hardware Engineering.

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Jared’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Shaurya! I recommend that you expand your question a little bit to explain what you mean by "future" and "scope". As it stands right now it's hard to know what kind of answer you're looking for. What's your real question? Are you wondering whether there will be jobs for you when you graduate? If so, we need to know where you are in your schooling (high school or college). Are you hoping to learn something specific about the occupation? Let us know. And please share a little more about yourself so we have a better idea of how to tailor our advice to you specifically! (You can edit your question on CareerVillage.org anytime by hitting the "edit" button.)

Thank you comment icon Hi Shaurya. That's perfect. Please edit your question (https://careervillage.org/questions/6489/what-is-the-future-for-computer-hardware-engineering/edit/) and copy-paste in what you just wrote to me in the comment. Then I'll delete my answer so that real hardware engineers can answer your question. Jared Chung, Admin
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