The PathMatch Guide to

Hardware Engineering

A Day in the Life

Hardware Engineers work on advancing computer technology by creating computer systems and components such as routers, circuit boards, and processors. They work on different points of the computer, ranging from the keyboards to the solid-state drives. 

Hardware Engineers spend most of their day working through problems, conducting installations, and facilitating systems tests. They also do repeated development and testing in order to find solutions that are technologically accurate and efficient.

Work Responsibilities

Skills You'll Need

  • Moderate experience with engineering and board design 
  • Proficiency in Verilog and C and C++
  • Advanced understanding of Field Programmable Gate Array
  • Exceptional critical thinking, creative, and communication skills

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

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Example Job Descriptions

Real World Professionals

Growth Path

  1. Hardware Engineer
  2. Senior Hardware Engineer
  3. Hardware Engineering Manager
  4. Director of Hardware Engineering
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Demand for Talent

  • Positions in hardware engineering are projected to grow by 5% over the next decade 
  • Computer advancement has been centered around software in recent years so the market for the hardware size has had slower advancement

Compensation

$68K-$86K
Hardware Engineer
$120K-$170K
Senior Hardware Engineer
$120K-$220K
Hardware Engineering Manager
$200K+
Director of Hardware Engineering

Teams You'll Work With

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Work/Life Balance Score

Work/life balance is when someone equally prioritizes their career and their personal life. This balance can vary greatly from one career to the next.

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Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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