Aerospace Engineers

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 71,500 aerospace engineers working in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Design, build, and test airplanes, spacecraft, missiles, and their related systems
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
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, with high demand in Alabama, California, and Florida
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internships
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chief Engineer or Professor
  • Managing Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Junior Engineer

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