Computer hardware engineers usually work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models. Most work in high-tech manufacturing firms. Some work in computer systems design firms, research and development firms, or for the federal government. Most work in research laboratories that build and test various types of computer models. More than 95 percent of computer hardware engineers work in metropolitan areas.
Computer hardware engineers held about 70,000 jobs in 2010. The following table shows the industries that employ the largest number of computer hardware engineers:
|Computer and electronic product manufacturing||35%|
|Computer systems design and related services||19%|
|Scientific research and development services||11%|
Most computer hardware engineers work full time. However, over a quarter work more than 40 hours per week.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition