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Computer Engineering

A degree in Computer Engineering provides you with a combined knowledge of computer science with electrical engineering. As a Computer Engineer, you will be involved in designing computer hardware and software systems. And, your services will be in demand because of your expertise in integrating hardware and software systems.

Representative Job Titles and Area of Specialization
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Computer Architect
  • Communication Engineer
  • Network Systems Engineer
  • Systems Architect
  • Computer Engineer
  • Circuit Designer
  • Research and development*
  • Systems Programmer
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Professor/teacher*

* See Training section

Nature of the Work

Computer Engineers work in a variety of environments: universities; research; industry; government and private business organizations. You may be finding solutions to problems, formulating and testing devices, or working in teams to develop new products.

Places of Employment
  • Electrical and electronics industries
  • Telecommunications
  • Aerospace industry
  • Engineering firms:
    Research and development
  • Entertainment industry
  • Transportation industry
  • Universities and colleges
  • Local/state/federal governmental agencies
  • Research institutions
  • Consulting businesses
  • Defense industry


The computing field is one of the fastest growing segments of industry and one of the fastest changing technologically. As a Computer Engineer, you will need to stay abreast of the latest technological advances through seminars, conferences, and advanced courses and training.

Many positions are available to graduates with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad. Some jobs may require an advanced degree.

If you want to work in a research laboratory, a Ph.D. is usually required although there are some research opportunities for those with a master's degree. You would need a Ph.D. in order to teach and conduct research at a university.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.


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