Before you can start going after computer hardware entry-level jobs, you have to have a clear idea of exactly what computer hardware is. As a simplistic definition, you can think of computer hardware as anything you plug into or use in conjunction with your computer. In other words, any device or program that you use with your computer that isn’t actually a part of your computer itself can be considered hardware. There are many computer hardware jobs. Some people design and/or test hardware, while others work to troubleshoot hardware problems or to assist individuals or businesses with the use of various pieces of hardware.
Many people with jobs in computer hardware related fields fall under the broad job title of “computer hardware engineer.” These professionals can earn a very impressive salary—a whopping $98,810 per year as of 2010! What do those with entry-level jobs in computer hardware engineer professions do? They might perform preliminary research to design computer hardware, or they might actually design and/or develop the hardware itself. Some professionals test the hardware before it is marketed, while others take what the testers have found and use this information to correct problems with the hardware before it is marketed. There are also professionals who specialize in correcting issues with already released hardware.
Because computers are such a vital part of modern life, it makes sense that job prospects within the field are expected to increase between now and the year 2020. In fact, an impressive 9% increase is expected by then, meaning that those who have recently graduated with relevant degrees have a very good chance of finding employment quickly.