Microwave Engineer

Repair or design Bluetooth devices, wireless transmitters, and more.
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Salary Range
$58,000 – $135,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Microwave Engineers do?

Microwave Engineers design, build, and service devices that work with electromagnetic waves with frequencies shorter than typical radio waves. You may be asking, “Why would anyone want to do that job? What kind of devices do I have that use microwaves?” Well — aside from the super-convenient microwave oven — cell phones, Bluetooth, wireless LAN systems, mobile broadband, certain types of long-distance radio communications, radar scanning systems, and GPS systems all operate using microwaves.

Behind each of these innovations were legions of Microwave Engineers, who designed, tested, and prototyped each stage of these technologies. In this position, you work — just like other Engineers — on a rational framework: You take an existing item (like a cell phone) and figure out how to improve it.

Because you work with electromagnetic waves, however, you can’t physically construct your improvements. Instead, you work on a computer to figure out and model how the waves will operate it, then produce your design specifications based on your model.

Microwave Engineers do it all: you may start your career off in the field, repairing transmitter equipment and making service calls. As you learn and gain experience, you may choose to apply what you’ve learned in the real world to a laboratory job, designing and building a new type of wireless data transfer system or a miniature microwave tracking device, like something out of a spy movie.

As part of this field, you could be responsible for the next big breakthrough in this growing field of technology. Just think of how different our lives are now, with widely available wireless internet and cell phones. Imagine what you will create next!

Should I be a Microwave Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Microwave Engineer

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