computer science engineering(CSE) vs electronics & communication engineering(ECE): which is best in 2022

In this article let’s take a look at everything you need to know about computer science engineering vs electronics and communication engineering in detail.

And if you are confused regarding which engineering branch you should choose between the two then you should read this article till the end because we will take a look at definition,

 differences, similarities, the skills required and the reasons you should choose in both and many more things to decide which is better in future.

So without further ADO let’s get started.


What is computer science engineering?

Computer Science Engineering is a course that deals with design, implementation, and management of information systems of both software & hardware processes. A computer scientist specializes in theory of computation and design of computational systems.

What is electronics and communication engineering?

Electrical and electronics engineering, the branch of engineering concerned with the practical applications of electricity in all its forms, including those of the field of electronics.

 Electronics engineering is that branch of electrical engineering concerned with the uses of the electromagnetic spectrum and with the application of such electronic devices as integrated circuits and transistors.

What is the difference between electrical engineering and electronics engineering?

Electrical engineering is the branch dealing with “heavy current”—that is, electric light and power systems and apparatuses—whereas electronics engineering deals with such “light current” applications as telephone and radio communication, computers, radar, and automatic control systems.

Difference between both

Now let’s take a look at the difference between both engineering branches in a tabular form.

Full formComputer science engineeringElectronics and communication engineering
Started fromComputer engineering began in 1939 when John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry began developing the world’s first electronic digital computer through physics, mathematics, and electrical engineeringElectronic engineering as a profession sprang from technological improvements in the telegraph industry in the late 19th century and the radio and the telephone industries in the early 20th century.
Subjects taught & specialization              Fundamentals of Computer Programming. Data Structures. Computer Networks. Object Oriented Programming. Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Computer Architecture and Organisation. Discrete Mathematics. Database Management Systems.Mathematics, fundamentals of computer programming, electrical technology and electrical mechanics, electronic instruments and measurements, electromagnetic field theory, computer organisation and architecture, microprocessors and microcontrollers, Digital signal processing, data communication and network,  antenna and wave propagation and industrial management.
What is the workThe primary focus is the designing, testing, implementing, and maintaining of computer hardware and softwareIt involves the study of design, analysis, and application of electronics and communication circuits.
Work environmentComputer science engineer work in front of computer in majority of the time writing the code and maintaining Software and hardware of the computer & develop theoretical solutions with logic and computation.Electrical and electronics engineer work both in front of computers designing the equipment at the same time testing and manufacturing the equipment in the factories and also discussing the ideas with the team in the office.
Type of workComputer science focuses on nontangible concepts like computer programs,Electrical engineering concentrates on physical products such as circuits.
Which companies recruit these engineersTATA Consultancy, Infosys Technologies, IBM Global Services, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Qualcomm, Accenture Services, HCL Technologies, PSU companies like ISRO, BDL, BARC, IOCL, ONGC, DRDO, etcTCS, Wipro, DXC, Syntel, Hexaware, Capgemini, Intel, Accenture, Qualcomm, NXP, Infosys and you can also work in many PSU companies like DRDO, BHEL, ECIL, ISRO, etc

These are all the important differences you should know between both engineering branches.

Similarities between the both

Let’s take a look at the similarities between both engineering branches in detail.

  1. In both computer science and electrical engineering similar skills are required such as problem solving and creativity
  2. Both electrical engineering and computer science rely on computers and softwares to work
  3. In both engineering branches you need to work long hours of time ideally 40 hours of work every week.

These are all the important similarities between both the engineering branches now let’s take a look at what are the important skills needed in both engineering branches.

Skills required in both

Let’s take a look at what are the skills required in both engineering branches in a tabular form.

Computer science engineeringElectronics and communication engineering
Problem solving skillProblem solving skills
Creativity creativity
Analytical thinkingCritical thinking
Knowledge in programming languagesKnowledge to develop electrical schematics and programming languages sometimes to develop computer equipment
Strong data structure and algorithm skillsData collection and Analysis
Knowledge in artificial intelligence and machine learningKnowledge of the basic circuits and electrical equipment maintenance
Open mindedness and continued learning and growth mindsetOpen mindedness and continued learning and growth mindset
Interpersonal and communication skillsInterpersonal and communication skills
Leadership and time managementLeadership and time management skill

these are all the important skills you need to know in both engineering branches now let’s take a look at some important reasons why you should choose either one.

Why choose either one.

Let’s take a look at a couple of reasons why you should choose either one in a tabular form

This is the most highly paying engineering branch at presentThis is also a high paying engineering branch
Computer science engineers have high demand and bright future aheadThis engineering branch students have high demand and also have bright future
With computer science engineering you can work in many multinational companies like Google Amazon and Facebook and you can get into the top positions of the company like CEOWith electrical and electronic engineering you can work for many national and multinational companies and also in PSU sector companies and you can also work for government companies
Computer science engineering is a future proof and cannot get replaced by artificial intelligenceElectrical and electronic engineering is secured in future but some of its aspects can get replaced by artificial intelligence like manufacturing
Computer science engineering is a branch which has wide career options for the candidatesElectronics Engineering has less career options compared to computer science.
Using your knowledge in computer Science and programming you can also start your own startup by creating any SaaS productElectronics and Communication Engineering is one of the streams where you adapt practically pretty much all the concepts of science.
Computer science engineering offers flexibility and you can work from anywhere in the world all you need is a computer and internet connection 

you can further learn more about computer science engineering and its pros and cons in detail by clicking here and also learn more about electrical engineering along with the pros and cons by clicking here.

Job opportunities

What are the job opportunities in Computer Science Engineering?

After you complete your computer science engineering undergraduation you can get different career options like you can become web developer, app developer, database administrator, machine learning expert,

 data scientist, IT Engineer, programmer and software developer, ethical hacker, game developer, blockchain developer, computer network architect and many more.

Because software programs and computers are used in almost every industry you can work in different sectors like government organisations, Financial Institutions and Banks, education Institutions, cyber security, corporate organisations, automobile industry, etc

As per BLS, Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 22 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 667,600 new jobs.

You can find more than 12000 plus jobs to apply on for data scientists and more than 28000 + jobs on indeed for data scientist.

The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020.

According to Glassdoor the average salary of computer science engineer in India is around 40000 rupees per month.

Because of this many job opportunities in computer Science Engineering like Java developer, software engineering, data scientist, information security engineer, and frontend desinger, etc are listed among the top 25 best jobs in America according to Glassdoor.

What are the job opportunities in electrical and electronic engineering?

After you complete your electronic and communication engineering undergraduate and you can get different jobs like Program analyst Communication engineer Electronic circuit designer Electronics engineer Signal processor Instrumentation engineer Telecommunication engineer VLSI communication engineering Data Analyst.

Electronic and communication engineers are widely being employed in government jobs as well. They are generally employed as scientific officers, project engineers, surveyor engineers, technical officers, SAS assistants, combined defense service officers,

graduate apprentices, and much more. And to be mentioned strongly, ISRO is always looking out for ingenious engineers, and you can try your best to pursue a place there.

Electronics and communication engineers also work at Non-core jobs in domains of IT like software engineers, programmers, chief engineers, and technicians at many firms like banks, corporates, automobile industry, defence forces, aerospace industry, MNCs, and much more.

Overall employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations

The median annual wage for electrical engineers was $100,830 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

 The lowest 10 percent earned less than $64,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $159,520.

You can find more than 6000 plus jobs on for electronic engineers and also find 6000 + jobs on indeed website where you can apply.

The average salary of electronic and communication engineer according to Glassdoor is 25000 rupees per month in India and the salary will depend upon which company hired you, your position in the company, your overall experience and knowledge.

These are all the job opportunities you can get in both engineering branches now let’s take a look at which is the best engineering between the two.

Which is best?

In my opinion I would consider computer science engineering to be better than electronics engineering because of a couple of reasons like,

  • Computer science engineer have more demand and also have a chance to get high paying job
  • Computer science engineer cannot completely get replaced by artificial intelligence and it has a better growth rate in terms of jobs compared to electronics engineering
  • There are more career options & companies in computer Science Engineering compared to electronics engineering
  • with a computer science engineering you can become a freelancer and also start your own business with minimal investment
  • Computer science engineering offers flexibility of work and you can work from anywhere
  • You can easily learn large percentage of the CSE & coding skills on many online platforms for affordable prices like udemy

Now depending upon your interest you can choose any one engineering branch.

With that said let’s end the article.


These are all the important things you need to know between both the engineering branches in detail.

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