Careers For People Who Know About Computers and Electronics

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What these careers require you to know

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Career nameAvg salary

IT Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
141000

Physicists

conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
118500

IT Research Scientists

conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
115580

Computer Hardware Engineers

research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.
114970

Astronomers

observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
110220

Software Developers

research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
108760

Telecom Engineers

design or configure voice, video, and data communications systems. Supervise installation and post-installation service and maintenance.
103100

Computer Network Architects

design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.
103100

Electronics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
102390

App Software Developers

develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
102160

Remote Sensing Scientists

apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems.
98240

Mechatronics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.
98150

Wind Energy Engineers

design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.
98150

Manufacturing Engineers

design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.
98150

Robotics Engineers

research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.
98150

Electrical Engineers

research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
97340

Physics Professors

teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
93950

IT Analysts

plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
93250

Meteorologists

investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.
90210

Informatics Nurse Specialists

apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.
90180
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