Aerospace Engineering

By: Andrew Nakos

Why Aerospace?

Aerospace Engineers are the engineers of the sky. They design and build aircraft and spacecraft. Someone might go into this field if they are looking to do just this.

What do they do?

Aerospace engineers design and develop aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and satellites. In a typical day, they might create a computer model of a vehicle, analyze its performance in simulated tests, designing software that simulates flight or controls vehicles, attending meetings, and writing reports or developing presentations.

What does the check look like?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for aerospace engineers is $71,859 at entry level. After years of work, the median salary goes up to $103,720.

How smart do I need to be?

Entry level aerospace engineers typically need a Bachelor's degree, according to the bureau of labor statistics. Programs in aerospace engineering are accredited by ABET, and there are cooperative programs that help students finance their education while working in the field.