By Nikhil Kumar
Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. It is divided into the branches of aeronautical and astronautical. I am interested in this field because I love learning about unique technologies such as flight and how they are designed.
On a Typical Day...
An aerospace engineer develop control systems for things that fly, such as planes, analyze new materials for spacecraft construction, or figure out how to improve flight or fix a defect.
The typical starting salary for an aerospace engineer with a Bachelor's degree is $53,408. One with a Master's starts at around $62,459 and one with a Ph.D. starts at about $73,814. These are only starting salaries however, so the average engineer makes much more. The mean annual wage for aerospace engineers is $105,380.
A Bachelor's degree is required for entry-level work in the aerospace field and a Master's is needed for research and education careers. Any further degree only opens up better position opportunities and higher salary. Top aerospace engineering schools include MIT, Stanford, and UT Austin.