What do you have to do to become a computer engineer?

What do you have to do to become a computer engineer? I am good with computers and would like to learn more. Also, my class in school is doing a 'community issue' project and my group is doing the issue that more girls need to become engineers, because of the shocking statistics that 5% of engineers are girls and a girls least favorite subject (on average) is science, yet boys favorite is (on average) science. Do you have any facts about that for us? Thank You!
Claire
and Ella, Alexandra, and Gracie (Claires group)
posted by Claire, Seattle on January 7, 2014

Answer by Egirl Team

Hi Claire,

To become an engineer, you generally first need to get a college degree.  Then you can start work, and depending upon your specialty, you may want to take some qualifying exams to get certified.  If you are looking for specific statistics about women in engineering, the best place to search is on the NSF website.  The number of women in engineering varies by discipline, and by level such as PhD, Masters, or Bachelors degrees.  Try looking at this report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering to get an idea.