Aerospace Engineer Gabby Carley | 2nd Period


Aerospace engineers work with all types of aircraft - from gliders to space shuttles. They can design, develop, or help manufacture aircraft. Many engineers specialize in one area, like structural design, navigation systems, or manufacturing techniques. But there are two different types of aerospace engineers - aeronautical engineers, which work with aircraft that stay within the earth's atmosphere such as airplanes and helicopters, and astronautical engineers, which work with aircraft that operate outside of the earth's atmosphere such as rockets, satellites, and other things such as spacecraft.

Current Salary

The median salary is $107,830, as it starts at $67,850 and can reach to $158,700.


• 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

• Determine if proposed projects will result in safe aircraft and parts

• 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

• Ensure that projects meet quality standards

• Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products to identify sources of problems and possible solutions

Work Environment and conditions

Some work inside, in labs, testing aircraft, while others investigate crashes and systems failures to determine the cause and prevent future accidents.

Future demand

There really isn't a future demand for this job, in fact, it will decline by 2.3% in the next then years.


Aerospace engineering can be taken for a bachelors degree or more advanced degrees such as a masters or Ph. D. Many universities have aerospace engineering departments but the degree may be a specialty of the mechanical engineering department in others. Some engineers with a mechanical engineering degree may also specialize in aerospace work.


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