Aerospace Engineers

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Aerospace engineering encompasses the fields of aeronautical (aircraft) and astronautical (spacecraft) engineering. Aerospace engineers work in teams to design, build, and test machines that fly within the earth's atmosphere and beyond. Although aerospace science is a very specialized discipline, it is also considered one of the most diverse. This field of engineering draws from such subjects as physics, mathematics, earth science, aerodynamics, and biology. Some aerospace engineers specialize in designing one complete machine, perhaps a commercial aircraft, whereas others focus on separate components such as for missile guidance systems. There are approximately 72,500 aerospace engineers working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Aeronautical Engineers, Astronautical Engineers, Computational Fluid Dynamic Engineers, Design Aerospace Engineers, Manufacturing Aerospace Engineers, Marketing and Sales Aerospace Engineers, Materials Aerospace Engineers, Quality Control Aerospace Engineers, Stress Analysts
Duties Design, build, and test airplanes, spacecraft, missiles, and their related systems
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, with high demand in Alabama, California, and Florida
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Chief Engineer or Professor
  • Managing Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Junior Engineer