Aerospace Engineers

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What do they do?

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Also known as:

Aerodynamics Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Stress Engineer, Aircraft Design Engineer, Avionics Engineer, Design Engineer, Flight Analyst, Flight Controls Engineer, Flight Systems Test Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, Stress Analyst, Stress Engineer, Structural Analysis Engineer, Structures Engineer, Systems Engineer, Test Engineer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Aerospace Engineers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Aerospace Engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 5.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #34 in job growth rate
  • 160

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #20 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (6.9%)
  • Master's degree (32%)
  • Bachelor's degree (51.2%)
  • Associate's degree (3.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (4.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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