Design engineers looking to maximize their salary should look for government work, if they can find it. According to the Design News annual career survey, engineers in the defense industry earn an average of $75k annually. That's compared to $67.1k for engineers overall. Worst industry to work in from a paycheck perspective? Machine tools. The average here is only $57.4k—just $5k more than GM will pay new hires.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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