CSE vs 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 deals with the design, implementation, of information systems of both software & hardware processes. 

What is electronics and communication engineering?

Electrical and electronics engineering deals with the practical and real-life applications of electricity and current in all its forms, including those of the field of electronics.

What is the difference between electrical engineering and electronics engineering?

Electrical engineering deals with “heavy current”—that is, electric light and power systems whereas electronics engineering deal with“light current” applications such as telephone and radio communication, computers, radar, etc now lets see the difference between both electrical and computer science engineering branches in detail.

Difference between both

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

Factors CSE ECE
Full form Computer science engineering Electronics and communication engineering
Started from Computer engineering started in 1939 by John Vincent Atanasoff & Clifford Berry who developed their first electronic computer Electronic engineering started from technological improvements in the telegraph industry in the late 19th century and 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 work The primary focus is the designing, testing, implementing, and maintaining of computer hardware and software It involves the study of design, analysis, and application of electronics and communication circuits.
Work environment Computer 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 work Computer science focuses on nontangible concepts like computer programs, Electrical engineering concentrates on physical products such as circuits.
Which companies recruit these engineers TATA Consultancy, Infosys Technologies, IBM Global Services, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Qualcomm, Accenture Services, HCL Technologies, PSU companies like ISRO, BDL, BARC, IOCL, ONGC, DRDO, etc TCS, 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 engineering Electronics and communication engineering
Problem solving skill Problem solving skills
Creativity  creativity
Analytical thinking Critical thinking
Knowledge in programming languages Knowledge to develop electrical schematics and programming languages sometimes to develop computer equipment
Strong data structure and algorithm skills Data collection and Analysis
Knowledge in artificial intelligence and machine learning Knowledge of the basic circuits and electrical equipment maintenance
Open mindedness and continued learning and growth mindset Open mindedness and continued learning and growth mindset
Interpersonal and communication skills Interpersonal and communication skills
Leadership and time management Leadership 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 present This is also a high paying engineering branch
Computer science engineers have high demand and bright future ahead This 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 CEO With 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 intelligence Electrical 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 candidates Electronics 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 product Electronics 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 naukri.com 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.

Along the way you can also work in government job as well as electronic engineer such as survey engineer technical officers assist assistance and also work in defence forces and

more importantly even space agencies like ISRO is also looking for good electronic engineers and they also work in non-core jobs so there are plenty of job opportunities for electronic engineers as well both in government and private sectors which is a great advantage since there are not many government jobs for computer science engineers.

The average salary is around eight lakh rupees per annum for electronic engineers in India and it is around $10000 for the same in America and the job growth is around 7% between 2020 to 2030 which is quite good.

You can find more than 6000 plus jobs on naukri.com 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.

Do comment down which is your favourite engineering branch in the comment section below.

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