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Career and Wage Outlook for an Aerospace Engineer

Job Market Outlook September 12, 2015

This article talks about the wage outlook, job outlook, career choices, and licensure choices for aerospace engineers.

Information on Aerospace Engineers’ Career Outlook

Manufacturers of missiles, airplanes, and spacecraft rely on aerospace engineers for all aspects of the manufacturing process. Employers for most aerospace engineering positions seek candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a similar subject; managerial roles require a master’s degree. State licensure and four years of work experience are necessary for those seeking this career. Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, these professionals are expected to see a 7% job growth; in 2014, they brought in an average annual wage of $107,700.

Job Outlook

Over the 2010 – 2020 decade, this occupation is predicted to see a slow growth (7%) compared to other occupations. Workers who have skills with robotics, specialized tools, and digital testing software are expected to enjoy the best job prospects.

Career Choices

There are two major specializations among aerospace engineers; while the first, who engage in working with aircraft, are called aeronautical engineers, the second, who work with spacecraft, are astronautical engineers. The responsibilities of these workers include overseeing, assessing and outlining the manufacturing of these devices, in addition to the development of new technology. Some of these workers specialize in specific vehicles such as helicopters, missiles, or commercial airplanes; alternatively, they may involve themselves with specific aspects of manufacturing, such as structural design or production methods.

Licensure Choices

Licensure is mandatory in the United States for aerospace engineers who provide public services. The title of professional engineer (PE) is available to licensed engineers. The first step toward obtaining licensure is to graduate from a school that carries accreditation by the ABET. Licensure norms also include the passage of a state licensing exam and four years’ prior work experience.

Interested individuals can take the examination in two parts. They must take the first part after they complete an educational program and success in the exam could result in their gaining the title of engineer in training (EIT) or engineer intern (EI). After they obtain the necessary work experience, the next exam can be taken by candidates, and success would mean full licensure. In some instances, licensure has to be maintained via continuing education.

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