Computer engineering is a discipline that integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer science required to develop computer systems. Computer engineers have training in electronic engineering (or electrical engineering), software design, and hardware-software integration instead of only software engineering or electronic engineering. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture.


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Related Major Skills


Summarize research findings Define problems Report results - written/verbal
Assess risks Analyze data Use laboratory equipment
Perceiving patterns/structures Precision and accuracy Applying logic to problems
Computer literacy Attention to details Evaluate data and results
Apply concepts Organize and report data Utilizing formulas
Inform and explain Gather information Technical writing
Apply knowledge creatively


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Sample Career Titles


Applications Developer Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst) Artificial Intelligence Specialist
Software Designer Automation Engineer Software Developer
Beta Tester Software Engineer Business Systems Analyst
Software Quality Assurance Specialist Computer Applications Developer Software Quality Engineer
Computer Programmer Software Systems Engineer Configuration Manager
Solutions Architect Data Warehouse Architect Supervisor, Software Engineering
Database Technician Supplier Quality Engineer Engineer, Computer Applications
Systems Analyst Enterprise Architect Technical Support Engineer
Firmware Engineer Usability Engineer Implementation Specialist
Video Game Developer Information Architect Video Game Engineer
Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst) Video Game Programmer Program Analyst
Internet Application Developer Programmer Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer


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Sample Work Settings


Aerospace Industry Engineering Consulting Firms Automotive Industry
Farm Equipment Architectural Firms Manufacturing
Commercial Airlines Heating, Ventilating & Airconditioning Industries Computer Firms
Marine Industry Department of Energy NASA
Department of Labor Petroleum & Gas Companies Department of Transportation
Energy & Fuels


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FAU Student Organizations


  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineering Student Council
  • American Society of Civil Engineering
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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Professional Associations


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Where to Learn More


General Occupational Information

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Career Planning Websites


Sample Library Resources

These Resources can be found at the CDC Career Resource Library and/or FAU's Wimberley Library.

  • A/E/C Employers
  • Careers in Engineering
  • Careers in High Tech
  • Careers in Science
  • Career Opportunities in Science
  • Career Opportunities in the Energy Industry
  • Engineers Occupational File
  • Federal Career Opportunities
  • Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers
  • Great Jobs for Engineering Majors
  • Opportunities in Building Construction Trades
  • Opportunities in Electronics Careers
  • Opportunities in Engineering Careers
  • Opportunities in High Tech Careers
  • Physical Sciences Career Directory

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