According to BLS stats, this role is going to see only a 9 percent growth, largely due to offshoring. “Compared to more data-focused high-tech workers, computer hardware engineers deal more with things like designing and testing new equipment. However, the equipment they work on is intended to process data, and, like all engineers, they also must gather and analyze data about the hardware in order to optimize it. This affords many opportunities for solitary work,” says Laurence Shatkin, author of 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality.
However, he says, hardware engineers may need to collaborate with other engineers as well as other kinds of workers, such as software developers and technicians.
Computer Programmers can expect to earn on average $89,000 annually.