Aerospace Engineering Careers

Aerospace Engineering careers involve the analysis, design and operation of aerospace hardware and software systems. One of the highly analytical fields of engineering they can design, develop and test aircraft, spacecraft and missiles and supervise the manufacture of these products. They also develop new technologies for use in these industries. Aerospace engineers also use computer aided design (CAD) software, robotics, lasers and advanced electronic optics. 

Why is employment in this field desirable? Statistics speak for themselves,  it is a very well paid profession.

Employment Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage 
70,740 $36.54 $76,000

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.22 $29.27 $35.83 $43.40 $51.85
Annual Wage  $50,380 $60,880 $74,520 $90,270 $107,840

An Aerospace engineer can specialise in any number of areas including

  • aerodynamics
  • acoustics
  • propulsion
  • mechanics
  • control systems

An aerospace engineer may find occupation in any number of fields including:

  • Design and manufacturing companies

  • Defence forces

  • Defence science and technologies

  • Passenger transport airlines

  • General aviation and commuter airlines

Below we have included statistics from the United States of  industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 43,920 $35.08 $72,970
Federal government (OES designation) 7,370 $40.58 $84,400
Architectural and engineering services 4,130 $39.49 $82,140
Electronic instrument manufacturing 3,130 $39.19 $81,520
Employment services 1,460 $44.99 $93,590

However the top paying industries for this occupation include:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Employment services 1,460 $44.99 $93,590
Computer systems design and related services 720 $43.31 $90,080
Federal government (OES designation) 7,370 $40.58 $84,400
Architectural and engineering services 4,130 $39.49 $82,140
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 200 $39.40 $81,960

Sourced from the U.S department of Labour Bureau of Labour statistics