When it comes to aeronautics careers, aerospace engineers are the high-tech designers of satellites, aircraft, missiles and other spacecraft. They have their hands in multiple areas of aerospace including developing defense system and aviation technologies, designing aircraft, evaluating designs, performing quality control on designs and projects, and designing, manufacturing and testing products associated with aircraft and aerospace.
Aeronautics jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or a related field, and it's useful to go on to get your master's degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recommends that high school students who are interested in careers in aeronautics take physics, chemistry and advanced math courses such as calculus and trigonometry. Look for colleges that offer co-op programs that put students to work in partnership businesses, allowing them to earn while they learn, and gain valuable experience that can go on a resume.
Aeronautics Job Market
Although expected to grow slower than the average for all jobs, aeronautics careers will still see a moderate growth of seven percent over the next 10 years. The slow growth is attributed to the projected slow growth of the manufacturing industries that provide most aeronautics jobs. Even so, the BLS anticipates jobs in aeronautics to increase from 83,000 in 2012 to 89,100 by 2022.
Aeronautics careers pay quite well due to the educational requirements and specialized knowledge and skills necessary for the jobs. The average salary for an aeronautics engineer is $103,720, and can even go as high as $109,740 if you specialize in scientific research or development. Even an aeronautics job in manufacturing is lucrative, averaging around $97,560 per year.