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Avionics Engineers and Technicians
Avionics (from the words aviation and electronics) is the application of electronics to the operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Avionics engineers conduct research and solve developmental problems associated with aviation, such as instrument landing systems and other safety instruments for aircraft or space vehicles. Avionics engineers are a subspecialty of the field of aerospace engineering. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2014 there were approximately 69,080 aerospace engineers employed in the United States.
Avionics technicians inspect, test, adjust, and repair the electronic components of aircraft communications, navigation, and flight-control systems and compile complete maintenance-and-overhaul records for the work they do. Avionics technicians also calibrate and adjust the frequencies of communications apparatus when it is installed and perform periodic checks on those frequency settings. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2014 avionics technicians held about 17,150 jobs.