We just wrapped up our group-wide salary survey and I have a few tidbits to get things started. A bunch of articles coming up will delve more into the details. Our editors will present different aspects of the results, such as continuing education, how collaboration is changing, and where we’re working. An eBook containing all of the articles will be available soon.
In general, things are looking up, with many of the same concerns as last year, such as supply chain and hiring issues. The outlook remains promising, but challenges remain. The technologies impacting your designs include perennial favorites—power management, wireless networks, and test equipment—though areas like security are becoming more important (Fig. 1).
We asked a few questions about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). They’re having a major impact on the tools and platforms we use regardless of whether we’re designing products targeting image processing or motor control.
There’s definitely a concern about AI/ML regulation (Fig. 2), but the technology is having a positive effect for those who are using it. AI/ML is also acknowledged to offer a competitive advantage in a variety of applications. That’s not to say its use is pervasive because engineering and software designs address a wide array of application areas—not all need or can use the current crop of AI/ML tools or middleware.
Moreover, a sizable group still doesn’t implement AI/ML anywhere, although it’s creeping into search engines whether we like it or not (Fig. 3). It’s also being added to our office and collaboration tools, but we tend to have more control over what’s used and how we take advantage of it.
Our Annual Salary Survey page is where you will be able to find the in-depth articles. Thanks to all those who participated. Also let your voice be heard by leaving a comment or two once you read the articles.