The major motivation for becoming a VLSI Engineer is the digitalized world of today, where electronic chips play a huge role. Every electronic or technical device has an integrated circuit that is utilized as basic gates, amplifiers, microprocessors, memories etc., increasing the opportunities available for VLSI engineers. The VLSI Engineering field is a very exciting one, with specialists in great demand. There is plenty of scope for VLSI Engineers in areas like Communications Systems, Signal & Image Processing, Space Research, Semiconductor and Automation Industries - in fact, wherever the design and verification of electronics systems and circuits are involved. VLSI design is used in a wide range of applications, including smartphones, laptops, servers and supercomputers. It is also used in automotive, aerospace, and medical devices. So, a VLSI specialist can find a job in a wide range of industries and organizations.
VLSI experts have top companies like Texas Instruments, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm etc. vying for them, with handsome salaries and challenging roles on offer. A VLSI specialist can find roles such as Design Engineer (AMS Designer, Library Developer or DFT Engineer), Verification Engineer responsible for verifying the designs, CAD Engineer who has the responsibility of managing EDA tools and license, or Application Engineer who is the interface between the customer and R&D (Field Application Engineer, Application Consultant, Corporate Application Engineer). VLSI Engineers have good scope in Research and Development too, in exploring new technologies such as 3D ICs, neuromorphic computing and quantum computing. VLSI design is a critical aspect of R&D in the field of Electronics Engineering.