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Aerospace Engineers

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  • Analytical: 94
  • Supported: 87
  • Creative: 83
  • Purpose: 38
  • Social: 37

What Aerospace Engineers Do

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Work Environment

Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are employed primarily in manufacturing, analysis and design, research and development, and the federal government.

How to Become an Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers that work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance.

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  • Aerospace engineers

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    Job Outlook

    Employment of aerospace engineers is projected to decline 2 percent from 2014 to 2024. Aircraft are being redesigned to cut down on noise pollution and to raise fuel efficiency, which will help sustain demand for research and development.

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    Job Trends for Aerospace Engineers

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    This occupation supported 83,000 jobs in 2012 and 72,500 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 12.7%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 7.3% in 2022 to 89,100 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 84,200, compared with an observed value of 72,500, 13.9% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to decrease by 2.0% in 2024 to 70,800 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 90,300 jobs for 2024, 27.5% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.

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