10 Fastest Growing Skills in Embedded System Engineering

Embedded system engineering is a versatile role which is indispensable in industries as varied as automotive, home appliance, medical, military and many more. With embedded system engineering encompassing such a wide field, the skills within it are diverse too.  

Here, you can find the ten fastest growing skills in embedded system engineering. 



The ability to work with the STM32 family of microcontrollers is the fastest growing skill within embedded system engineering, with a one-year growth of 46%. With each microcontroller consisting of the processor core, static RAM, flash memory, debugging interface, and various peripherals, these are highly versatile and can be interfaced with all kinds of electric components.  


Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

It will come as no surprise that AI is near the top of the list of the fastest growing skills. Over the last year, this skill has grown 43% - although this is overshadowed by the enterprise demand for AI which has grown by 270% in four years. This demand is only set to continue as the true potential for AI applications is unveiled. 


Computer Science 

The third fastest growing skill is the one which underpins embedded system engineering itself. The study of algorithmic processes, computational machines and computation, it covers the theory and understanding needed to be successful in any embedded system engineering role. 



The real-time operating system kernel for chip controllers, it has been ported to 35 microcontroller platforms and so it is a required skill for many embedded system engineers. This skill has grown by 40% over the last year. 



The Altium fully-featured editor for schematics features powerful collaboration capabilities and a rich set of schematic capture tools and is indispensable for many who design printed circuit boards. This skill has increased by 39%.  


Object-Oriented Programming 

Programming methods are required throughout the embedded systems engineer role, and object-oriented programming - which organises software design around data, or objects – is suitable for large and complex projects. It is growing rapidly, with an uptick of 38% in the last year. 


Embedded Software Programming 

Embedded software – the specialised programming within non-PC devices – can be found in everything from aircraft to smart home devices. The ability to carry out embedded software programming is vital for most embedded system engineers. 



Skills in Proteus have jumped by 35% this year. It is used by design engineers to create schematics and electronic prints for manufacturing printed circuit boards. It has 785 microcontroller variants and so is highly useful for a vast range of processes.  


Machine Learning 

Machine learning is, of course, linked to AI, and centres around the idea that systems can learn from data and make decisions based on that learning. Data – and how it can be used - is more important than ever, and this is reflected in the increase in skills in machine learning. 


Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter 

Onto hardware, the universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter is used to transmit and receive serial data. It is one of the most used device-to-device communication tools, and this skill has increased by 30% this year. 


Skilled embedded systems engineers are highly sought after in many industries, and the sector and demand are only likely to grow with the continued emergence of AI and machine learning.