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Microsystems Engineer: Job Description & Salary

Microsystems engineers combine skills in electrical and mechanical engineering to work with microelectromechanical devices. Information about this occupation is explored in further detail here.

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Career Definition of a Microsystems Engineer

A microelectromechanical device is known as a MEMS device. This is what microsystems engineers work with. They may be involved in producing design plans for MEMS systems. Microsystems engineers use computer design software to produce things such as schematics of the products they're involved with designing. They assess data about their design plans and other products to determine how effective the products are and what the production cost is. They analyze relevant data, identify ways to improve products and address any issues with the design or production process. They also work collaboratively with other professionals involved in MEMS device design and production.

As part of their work they must document their research and report their findings. They may also be involved with product packaging design.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Analytical skills, computer design software skills, problem-solving skills, communication skills, mathematical skills, teamwork skills, knowledge of physics
Mean Salary (2017)* $107,314
Job Outlook (2016-2026)** 6% (engineers, all other)

Sources: *Glassdoor; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

A career as a microsystems engineer can be pursued with a bachelor's degree. Entry-level positions are available to those with relevant training in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. The majority of those who work in this field complete graduate studies, with O*NET reporting that 34% of those who work as microsystems engineers have master's degrees while 22% have doctoral degrees.

Required Skills

Since microsystems engineers are involved with designing MEMS devices, products and product packaging they need to have good design skills. They also need to be experienced with using computer design software programs to produce designs and schematics. Teamwork skills are important in order to work effectively with others involved with the design and production of MEMS devices. Analytical skills are essential because part of their job involves assessing design plans and production processes so that they can identify potential problems or correct existing problems. They need to be capable of communicating effectively with others to ensure they have a clear understanding of any issues related to design or production and they need to be able to provide clear documentation of their work and the conclusions they reach from their analysis.

Career Outlook and Salary

Microsystems engineers are classified with 'engineers, all other' by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS projects that those working in this career field will jobs increase by a rate of 6% from 2016 to 2026. In 2017, an annual average income of $107,314 was reported for microsystems engineers by Glassdoor.

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