Entry-level aerospace engineers usually need a bachelor's degree. High school students interested in studying aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Bachelor degree programs are designed to take four years and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in subjects such as general engineering principles, propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics (which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects).

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs, in partnership with industry, that give students practical experience while they complete their education. Cooperative programs and internships allow students to get valuable experience and to finance part of their education. At some universities, a student can enrol in a five-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree upon completion. A graduate degree will allow an engineer to work as an instructor at a university or to do research and development.

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Aerospace Engineers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 369 Sokanu users

Are Aerospace Engineers happy?


Aerospace Engineers rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 71st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Aerospace Engineer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Aerospace Engineers

The most common degree held by Aerospace Engineers is Aerospace Engineering. 17% of Aerospace Engineers had a degree in Aerospace Engineering before becoming Aerospace Engineers. That is over 75 times the average across all careers. Mechanical Engineering graduates are the second most common among Aerospace Engineers, representing 8% of Aerospace Engineers in the Sokanu user base, which is 5.0 times the average.

Aerospace Engineer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Aerospace Engineer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Aerospace Engineers % of population Multiple
Aerospace Engineering 17.3% 0.2% 75.2×
Mechanical Engineering 8.1% 1.6% 5.0×
Physics 1.9% 1.0% 1.9×
Business Management And Administration 1.6% 6.5% 0.2×
Astrophysics 1.6% 0.1% 19.3×
General Engineering 1.4% 0.4% 3.7×
Electrical Engineering 1.4% 0.8% 1.7×
Mathematics 1.1% 1.8% 0.6×
Industrial Engineering 1.1% 0.3% 3.3×

Aerospace Engineer Education Levels

59% of Aerospace Engineers have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Aerospace Engineers have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 8%
Bachelor's degree 59%
Master's degree 33%
Doctorate degree 0%

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