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Is it wiser to major in Aerospace Engineering or Software Engineering?

Updated Roswell, Georgia

I have a great desire to become an aerospace engineer when I leave college. However, I know that software engineering has a better job outlook. Should I still major in Aerospace Engineering in college even if job availability for that field is not as promising as software engineering?
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ritesh’s Answer

Updated Pune, Maharashtra, India

Well i don't know much about aerospace engineering but i can list out why you should do software engineering :

You must be enticed with the alluring career of the software developers. They play with codes to bring out stunning outcomes. Now the question is if a career in software development is for you? You must have learned to code in a high school class, or as a teenage pastime or you must have never coded anything in your life, but you are curious. Your career choice totally depends on your interest to do it, and if coding entices you, you must give a try.

If you are technically minded or have excelled in maths and physics, you might be eager to work in the tech industry.

Here are just a few mentions why you should consider a career in software development. The main reasons are.

Read Full Article Here : Career Guidance: Why To become A Software Developer

Drew’s Answer

Updated Marietta, Georgia

I recommend Aerospace Engineering over Software Engineering. As a software engineer you may find difficult setting yourself apart from non-engineer coders. Aerospace engineering, or even better Mechanical Engineering specializing in Aerospace, will be more lucrative. With that background you can be a software engineer in Aerospace and enjoy the benefits of engineering. An Aerospace Engineer who can write software will be in very high demand. I am a Licensed Professional Engineer, educated in Environmental Engineering. After 12 years with US EPA, I went into private practice as a Forensic Engineer. I work from home and have a life that most can only dream about. This work is fun!

Drew recommends the following next steps:

  • Look both careers up in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. There is a good summary of career expectations.

Raymond’s Answer


Hi Justin

Well the good news is you can be both. I have been in the aerospace field for many years, and the last 10 years working directly on UAV or Drones. I worked with many software engineers in that field, it takes a lot of digital designing to make them go. You would do best to take some aerospace courses and some software courses then decide what you like best. If you keep that in mind you should be fine when applying to any aerospace company.


Raymond recommends the following next steps:

  • Do some research on Satellite Communications and Global Hawk, you will see what I am talking about. Good Luck