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is aerospace engineering a good choice?

I am a high school student and I am trying to decide my future job. Aerospace engineering was my dream but things started to get serious, I started to think about its future and also job opportunities. I wanna be an engineer, but I cannot decide which one I want. I love math and physic. Which engineering is the best choice when we think about future? #job-search #jobs #careers

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İrem with big personalities like Elon Musk and Richard Branson pushing the boundaries of technology on a seemingly daily basis, now seems like an exciting time to start a career in engineering. But despite the engineering industry being expected to continue to grow, it’s predicted that 40% of jobs could be automated by 2030. Following huge strides in technology, science and computing, engineering students and graduates worldwide can expect to remain in high demand over the next decades, and enjoy one of the lowest rates of unemployment of any of the major sectors. Here are three in-demand engineering jobs of today and tomorrow.

Aerospace engineering is the field of engineering focused on the design and creation of spacecraft and aircraft systems. Aerospace engineering has two sub fields: astronautical engineering (which is concerned with spacecraft and equipment outside of Earth's atmosphere) and aeronautical engineering (which is concerned with aircraft that fly within the Earth's atmosphere). Aerospace engineers are the professionals who study this science and design, make, and test the different flying systems and equipment. They may work on satellites, spacecraft, missiles, or aircraft and ensure they function correctly. To become an aerospace engineer, students will typically need at least a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. These programs typically result in a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and are on-campus programs.

AEROSPACE ENGINEERS JOB OUTLOOK & SALARY – Aerospace engineering jobs are predicted to grow by 2% from 2020 to 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This growth is slower than the national average. However, the redesign of old aircraft and need for new satellites and unmanned aerial systems is expected to contribute to the growth of the profession. The average Aerospace Engineer salary in the United States is $108,250 as of July 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $95,750 and $120,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Every business that generates its own computer programs or needs to personalize third-party software needs software engineers to write, edit, and test programs. There are many layers of computer software, and each requires a specialist in languages specific to that layer. Software engineers tend to specialize in a few areas of development, such as networks, operating systems, databases, or applications, and each area requires fluency in its own set of computer languages and development environments. A small percentage of software engineers work alone, but most collaborate with other specialists in development groups all working together to create complex projects. When determining how to become a software engineer, it may be helpful to know that most employers require software engineers to have at least a bachelor's degree in software, math, or science, as well as broad experience with computer systems and applications. Larger companies or organizations with unique or proprietary development platforms typically provide training for new employees.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERS JOB OUTLOOK & SALARY – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs for software developers will grow by 24% from 2020 to 2030, making software engineering one of the fastest-growing sectors in the job market. The average Software Engineer salary in the United States is $105,000 as of July 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $91,900 and $120,500. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Electrical engineers are responsible for implementing electrical components into any number of devices that use electricity. They help to design and manufacture electrical products of all shapes and sizes, making it a career constantly on the cutting edge. Due to the job's complexities, electrical engineers frequently work with computers; many of these professionals also work in team settings. Having an exceptional understanding of science and math is a major requirement for a career in electrical engineering; in addition, knowing computers inside and out is a plus. Electrical engineers must be good problem-solvers and have a creative bent, since finding new ways to provide power to products in the development phase is often the main task. Having at least one degree in electrical engineering is an absolute necessity for advancement in the field; many firms require electrical engineers to have a master's or doctoral degree for career advancement. Degrees offered in the field include Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS JOB OUTLOOK & SALARY – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 188,300 electrical engineering jobs existed in 2018. The BLS also states that job growth is expected to be nine percent for the 2020-2030 decade. The average Electrical Engineer salary in the United States is $103,500 as of July 27, 2020, but the range typically falls between $93,900 and $114,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

İrem as you can see, there’s plenty of diverse opportunities across a number of engineering sectors that are likely to grow over the coming years. While this list shows there are plenty of opportunities that will arise, it’s also worth mentioning how competitive it will likely be to find top-level work within those sectors. Companies will want to hire the best talent, so it pays to pick an area of engineering that really interests you, and to develop your career around something you’re passionate about.

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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Irem,

That's so cool that you're thinking about Aerospace Engineering. That was my dream degree until my financial situations forced me into a college that did not have an aerospace program. Due to that, I changed my focus to electrical engineering, but never loved it. Now, I work as if I had a CS degree working in the programming field.

Just be aware that like my situation, not all colleges have aerospace engineering as an option, so do the research and make sure that the school has it (if it does have it, make sure that they offer it to everyone, not just those who are in the ROTC program).

Also, if you love physics and math, I think you'll love aerospace engineering. :)

Lastly, I think the job prospects for aerospace engineering is great. There are so many competing companies and countries for the renewed race to space, that I think you'll have plenty of opportunities if you study hard and do well in school.

I wish you the best of luck! I can't wait to read about you one day on WIRED or something :)


Thank you very much İrem K.

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Amit’s Answer


I am glad to know that you have interest to become an Aerospace Engineer. No doubt, it's a great engineering stream and would give you a lot of opportunity to learn and grow in your career.

There are few things which I would like you to know before you start this as your career :

1. It needs a lot of hard work and over-time working when you will be working in larger projects.
2. You will have to complete your master degree to get a decent job in this area.
3. As per recent article, which I have studied last week, the job demand for Aerospace Engineers is expected to increase by 7% in the next 10 years, which is slower than average occupations. Aircraft will be continually required for national defense purposes. In addition, increased interest in environmental safety will demand that plans be restructured to increase fuel efficiency. However, manufacturing-related Aerospace Engineering positions are expected to decline within the next 10 years.

Aerospace engineering has multiple different branches where you can contribute based on your degree and interest. Some of most famous senior engineer job profiles are mentioned below :

Senior aerospace engineering jobs are more likely to involve managerial elements like:

Aircraft development and manufacturing processes
Risk assessment of aerospace systems
Create risk mitigation plans and strategies
Engineering team communication and performance, timelines, expenditures, and team cohesion
Certification submissions
Create and deliver presentations to work group(s), customers, and external business contacts.
Establish a leadership role in industry-related activities

Lastly, Aerospace engineers earn decent salary annually with most benefits. I would encourage you to focus more on your interest without worrying much about job profile which you can decide during your course work.

Hope, above information adds some value for you!

Amit Sharma.

Thank you very much for your answer. If I understood your answer correctly, you are saying that I shouldn't be stuck at aerospace engineering, right? İrem K.

Yes, Aerospace Engineering is great career choice. I would let you decide your interest first, if you decide to do it. Please go for it as there are ample opportunities for this as a career options. But, if you decide to become an Engineer then there are other good career opportunities including Software Engineering etc. Hope, it helps! Amit Sharma

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Dori’s Answer

Aerospace engineering is a great career field! I have also seen engineers working in the automotive industry that double majored in Aerospace and Mechanical. It opened a lot of options! You can always reach out to professionals in the field to conduct informational interviews. It’s a great way to gather first hand information from people working in various fields. Your school counselors may be able to help, or you can always search on LinkedIn or company websites to find people. You would be surprised how open people are to give a little time for someone interested in their field.

Thank you very much İrem K.