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Avionics Engineers and Technicians
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for aerospace engineers will grow more slowly than the average and employment for avionics technicians will show little or no change through 2022. Avionics is an important and constantly developing field for which more highly trained engineers and technicians will be required. Reliance on electronics technology has grown rapidly and in virtually every industry. Many defense contractors have begun to branch out into other products, especially in the areas of electronic and computer technology. Commercial applications of the space program, including the launching of privately owned satellites, are also providing new opportunities in the aerospace industry. More engineers will be needed to redesign aircraft that are less noisy and have better fuel efficiency. Engineers who are trained in computational fluid dynamics software and familiar with modeling, simulation, and robotics will have better job opportunities. Avionics technicians who are certified will have better employment prospects than those who do not have certification. Those with a bachelor's degree and familiarity with computers and digital systems will also have better chances of securing work and advancing in the field.