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Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace Engineers
Quick Facts : Aerospace Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$97,480
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201281,000
Job Outlook5% (Slower than average)
Employment Change4,000

Aerospace engineers study the necessary physics for designing aircraft that will fly. They design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles as well as test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

What Aerospace Engineers Do

  • Direct and coordinate the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products
  • Assess proposals for projects to determine if they are technically and financially feasible
  • Evaluate designs to see that the products meet engineering principles, customer requirements, and environmental challenges
  • Develop acceptance criteria for design methods, quality standards, sustainment after delivery, and completion dates
  • Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions

Work Environment

Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are employed primarily in analysis and design, manufacturing, industries that perform research and development, and the federal government.
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In May 2010 the average salary of aerospace engineers was $97,480.
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Becoming a Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or some other field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems.
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