Graduate Salary
4-5 years
Avg Length

Aerospace Engineering Requirements

Aerospace engineers research, analyze, design, synthesize, develop and test aircraft, spacecraft and weapons. Aerospace engineers who focus on aircraft are called aeronautical engineers; those who concentrate on spacecraft are called astronautical engineers.

There are only a handful of universities accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology in the United States that offer aerospace engineering degrees. Aerospace engineers take two years of calculus, differential equations, physics and chemistry and two years of engineering coursework. Also included are directly related studies in aerodynamics, stress analysis and structural design, flight mechanics, stability and control, aircraft performance, propulsion, avionics and systems, together with courses in the fields of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Aerospace Engineering Careers

The career trajectory of people with an Aerospace Engineering degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Aerospace Engineering degrees have experience in is Aerospace Engineer, followed by Mechanical Engineer, Engineer, Geothermal Engineer, Aviation Inspector, Pilot, Food Server, Aircraft Mechanic, Software Engineer, and Consultant.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Aerospace Engineer 15.8% 0.1% 209.2×
Mechanical Engineer 4.5% 0.4% 10.7×
Engineer 4.1% 1.0% 4.1×
Geothermal Engineer 2.7% 0.0% 3310.2×
Aviation Inspector 1.7% 0.0% 110.2×
Pilot 1.6% 0.1% 27.0×
Food Server 1.6% 3.6% 0.4×
Aircraft Mechanic 1.5% 0.2% 9.9×
Software Engineer 1.4% 0.7% 2.0×
Consultant 1.2% 0.8% 1.6×

Aerospace Engineering Salary

Aerospace Engineering graduates earn on average $60k, putting them in the 90th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $42k
Median (average earners) $60k
75th (top earners) $70k

Aerospace Engineering Employment

Aerospace Engineering graduates are not very underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Employment potential
Low-paying 97%
Part-Time 80%
Jobs that don't require college 77%

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