For $25 you can now get a "personal salary profile," showing how much engineers with education and experience similar to yours make. It's a new service of the Engineering Workforce Commission of the American Association Of Engineering Societies (AAES) based in Washington, DC. Here's how it works. You fill out a form describing your background, your location, and the industry you are in. The Commission sends you back your salary profile. For Design News, the commission did part of a sample profile for a non-supervisory engineer with a bachelors degree and five years experience in the auto industry. Results show that the mean salary for such an engineer across the nation is $50,650. A tenth of the engineers makes above $56,850, a fourth makes above $53,950, and the median is $50,500. The lower fourth makes below $47,700, and the lower tenth below $44,750. You can order a profile form by phoning AAES at (888) 400-2237 ext. 209 or 210.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.