Aerospace Engineering

Patrick Thomas

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace Engineering is the branch of engineering that has to do with the design, development, testing and production of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other/related systems. Aerospace is comprised of two overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering, and astronomical engineering. Aeronautical engineering deals with aircraft, while astronomical engineering deals with a variety of equipment that operate beyond Earth's atmosphere (dictionary.com). I am interested in pursuing an aerospace career because I have found an interest in figuring out how and why aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems work, and I want to be able to contribute to such an important field of engineering.

What does an aerospace engineer do?

Everyday, aerospace engineers apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired from their applicable education to provide an aerospace company with information depending on the career within the field they have. Because aerospace field has been around a very long time, there is a large variety of jobs, ranging from helping design a single part, to leading an entire project. As aerospace engineers grow and learn within the trade, they yield more and more responsibility and career opportunity and advancement (educatingengineers.com).

What is the typical starting salary of an aerospace engineer?

Aerospace engineers get payed pretty good, with a starting salary of about $55,000 to $60,000 a year. Aerospace consists of many different fields, so salaries can definitely vary. The lowest 10% of earnings in an aerospace field were $59,610 (careercornerstone.org).

What education is needed to find a job as an aerospace engineer?

For beginning in the field, aerospace engineers need at least a bachelor's degree. Many aerospace engineers tend to have educations in physics, chemistry, and several forms of math (bls.gov).