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Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer designs and develops integrated circuits used in electronic devices and communications systems. Designs circuitry and builds circuitry frameworks for products and systems.

Job Outlook

There were 51 Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3140 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Hardware Engineer industry, which includes the Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $127,634.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $127,634.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $105,340.

Education and Experience

Posted Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.73%
Bachelor's Degree58.03%
Master's Degree43.6%
Doctoral Degree26.37%
Other2.26%

Posted Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years11.84%
3 to 5 years32.99%
6 to 8 years24.44%
9+ years30.72%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (35.96%)
  • Problem Solving (24.14%)
  • Innovation (14.68%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (11.21%)
  • Packaging And Labeling (10.99%)
  • Self-Motivation (10.22%)
  • Management (9.9%)
  • Writing (9.81%)
  • Research (9.68%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (8.63%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) (9.85%)
  • Spectre Circuit Simulator (9.34%)
  • Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits (15.23%)
  • Electrical Engineering (39.95%)
  • Behavioral Modeling (9.31%)
  • Integrated Circuit Design (20.45%)
  • Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) (26.2%)
  • Debugging (26.1%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (24.31%)
  • Transistor (14.42%)
  • Simulations (37.81%)
  • Electronic Oscillator (6.67%)
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuits (33.18%)
  • Linux Virtual Server (7.28%)
  • Cadence Virtuoso (6.94%)
  • Analog Design (21.26%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Semiconductors (9.92%)
  • Design Verification (14.22%)
  • Analog Electronics (19.4%)
  • Perl (Programming Language) (18.65%)
  • Automation (12.09%)
  • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) (15.44%)
  • Architectural Design (8.8%)
  • Electronic Circuits (5.08%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (8.53%)
  • Computer Science (14.96%)
  • Circuit Design (23.87%)
  • Digital Signal Processing (9.21%)
  • Engineering Design Process (5.82%)
  • Computer Engineering (17.91%)
  • Design For Manufacturability (7.24%)
  • PCI Express (6.16%)
  • Integrated Circuits (14.83%)
  • MATLAB (16.79%)
  • Nodes (Networking) (8.09%)
  • Test Planning (14.73%)
  • Software Engineering (8.12%)
  • SystemVerilog (Direct Programming Interface) (19.5%)
  • New Product Development (10.73%)
  • Tcl (Programming Language) (11.88%)
  • Power Management (10.09%)
  • Scripting (20.95%)
  • Physics (15.37%)
  • Physical Design (15%)
  • Radio Frequency (10.56%)
  • Schematic Capture (5.15%)
  • Test Equipment (3.93%)
  • SPICE (Simulation Tool) (7.75%)
  • Verilog (19.53%)
  • Voltage (7.14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Jitter (3.11%)
  • Low-Dropout Regulator (5.04%)
  • Chip Design (3.39%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Analog Design (32.64%)
  • Debugging (40.07%)
  • Low-Dropout Regulator (7.74%)
  • Application Specific Integrated Circuits (50.94%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Analog Design Engineer
  • Analog IC Design Engineer
  • Distinguished Engineer
  • Analog/Mixed Signal Design Engineer
  • ASIC Verification Engineer
  • Developer
  • ASIC Design Verification Engineer
  • Analog/Mixed Signal IC Design Engineer
  • IC Designer
  • IC Design Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Capital One (166)
  • Ericsson (119)
  • Boeing (114)
  • Intel (107)
  • Apple (104)
  • SpaceX (101)
  • Marvell Technology (89)
  • Broadcom (64)
  • AMD (64)
  • Skyworks (59)

North Carolina

  • Ericsson (8)
  • Cirrus Logic (6)
  • Nvidia (5)
  • Cadence Design Systems (4)
  • Renesas Electronics (3)
  • Analog Devices (2)
  • 84 Lumber (2)
  • Pike Electric (2)
  • Siemens (2)
  • Cisco (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!