Computer Hardware Engineers (17-2061)

Occupation description:  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. Excludes Software Developers, Applications (15-1132) and Software Developers, Systems Software (15-1133).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 7076 8.61 22
United States 77,70080,100 3.1240 1,6001,840

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 57.0732.1542.45 55.3370.2482.70
Alaska 61.1240.1744.14 51.5061.26*
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 61.5139.9443.70 50.2261.57*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
7013 18.632.8 23.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation42
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation37
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 53
Number of job position postings 9
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Engineering Bac

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s IT Workers (April 2013)