Embedded Systems Engineers


Embedded Systems Engineers


An embedded system is a combination of computer hardware, software, and mechanical parts (sensors, actuators, etc.) that is designed to perform a specific function, often in real-time. These systems require a high degree of predictability and reliability; have a variety of requirements that include size, power, safety, security, cost, and regulation; and typically communicate with one another and interact with the physical world via sensors and actuators in a feedback loop. Embedded systems—such as a microcontroller in a car—are usually not ...

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



An internship or co-op at an embedded systems engineering–related





Personality Traits

Hands On


Embedded systems engineers earned salaries that ranged from $62,000 to $115,000 in 2019, according to PayScale.com. They had median earnings of $77,821. Engineers also received bonuses of up to $10,000. Engineers usually receive generous benefits, including vacation days, sick leave, health and life insurance, and a retirement savings plan.

Work Environment

Embedded systems engineers can expect a typical 40-hour workweek, although they may be asked to work overtime at night and on weekends to meet project deadlines. Work settings include research laboratories, offices, cleanrooms (in which they are required to wear clean, or bunny, suits), and manufacturing plants. Some travel is necessary to visit customer locations. About 80 percent of embedded ...


The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide an employment outlook for embedded systems engineers, but it does offer the following job growth predictions (from 2018 to 2028) for engineers and computer professionals in related occupations:

  • hardware engineers: +6 percent (about as fast as the average for all careers)
  • electrical and electronics engineers: +2 percent (more sl...