Aerospace Engineer

By Alex Esqueda


Design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. Test prototypes to see if they work according to design.

Education/ Training

Entry level Requires a bachelor degree.

More experienced Aerospace Engineers will need a Professional Engineer license which requires the following,

  • Degree in an engineering program credited by ABET.

  • A Passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

  • Relevant work experience

  • A passing score on the professional Engineering exam.


Analytical skills

Business skills

Critical-thinking skills

Math skills

Writing skills

Salary and Wages

Average in the country is $103,720 per year, $49.87 per hour
Average in Minnesota is $93,030 per year, $45 per hour


  • Designing and creating the newest and latest technology and equipment in that field.
  • Creative
  • A lot of freedom on your work schedule.


  • Meeting deadlines

  • Working with other groups

  • Clearances


Project growth in the Country is 7%
Project growth in Minnesota is 5%

Advancement Opportunities

Eventually you can become technical specialist or move into executive positions, such as program managers.

High School Courses

Students interested in going into aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Related Carrers

Aeronautical engineers
Astronautical engineers
Mechanical engineers


University of Minnesota
Iowa State University
University of Kansas
Aerospace Engineers -- What is it?


I think I would like this career because I've always had an interest in planes and jets, and it allows you to be creative in your work. It has a lot of freedom on work schedule and projects. You'd be creating new technology and equipment in that field.


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