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Job availability in the aerospace sector

I am about to finish up Highschool and I am about to go to college. My question is about how easy is it to find a job in aerospace engineering. This just about how plentiful the jobs are, not how difficult they are. I am in between electrical and aerospace engineering and am trying to make a decision between the two. #jobs #jobs #engineering

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Scott’s Answer

I am currently a graduate student in mechanical engineering and I'm actively looking for work. I am constantly seeing new job openings in the aerospace industry. If you just take a look at different job boards you will have more of a concrete idea regarding the number of jobs available. You can also find jobs in the aerospace industry as an electrical engineer, so choose whichever subject matter interests you the most.
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Dr. James’s Answer

Aerospace is a booming industry, and every year, thousands are getting recruited in various sectors of this industry, worldwide. In countries like France, Germany, UK, India, USA and China, the demand for aerospace professionals are at its peak. There are many openings in this industry and it also offers good money!

There is huge demand of qualified technicians and engineers, from different domain in aerospace industry. The fact that this particular sector has experienced tremendous amount of boom over the last couple of years; throughout the world, has resulted in the increase of demand of these professionals. Those who wish to pursue their career in this field, have tons of opportunities these days, both at the civil as well as military sector.
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Brayden’s Answer

Hello! As James suggested above the aerospace industry is an always growing one with the demand for quality employees increasing every year. There are some pretty distinct differences between your choices of electrical and aerospace. The main differences being that electrical is more broad and doesn't apply to a specific industry like aerospace. In aerospace your last 2 years you really begin to focus how all the concepts that you learned in your first 2 years now applying to things that fly which can make things a little more complicated. One of the challenges for things that fly in general is that unlike things are operate on the ground where can ignore gravity, when things are up in the air you now have to worry about gravity's affects on these systems and how to keep things in the air. You also have to focus on pressure and atmospheric changes as you go up in elevation.
In electrical you will have a lot more options in terms of the types of jobs available with an electrical engineering degree. You could even use an EE degree to work on the electronics that go into airplanes so with electrical there are many more avenues that you are able to go into. I think regardless both degrees are in high demand and will continue to be in demand as long as innovation continues.
Hopefully this helps good luck!
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Daniel,

I am not in the aerospace domain but I believe this trick will give you some hint. When I was in high school and was looking for job availability in the fields I wanted to work in, I did the following:
- search job openings in job search engine websites like indeed.com. That gives you some idea how many opened positions there are.
- look at if the industry in this area is growing. A growing industry will need people. In more general, growing or active.
- seek information in websites like this one to backup the two points above.
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Austin’s Answer

Great question, Daniel.

Personally, I studied aerospace engineering in college, but I had several friends that were in more "general" engineering fields such as mechanical engineering and electrical/computer engineering. On one hand, a mechanical or electrical/computer engineering may have wider demand, but I found that this ultimately didn't matter to me since I was pretty confident that I wanted to work in the aerospace industry to begin with.

If you're not sure whether or not you'd ultimately want to work in the aerospace industry, that's okay too. As others have said above, the aerospace companies I've worked at have also needed electrical engineers.

I wish you the best of luck in making a decision.
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Joe’s Answer

My daughter is in a similar situation. She is graduating from high school and majoring in Astronautical Engineering. My suggestion would be to apply for internships each summer to gain practical experience and exposure to different areas of engineering. The benefit is two-fold. You'll have a better understanding of what day to day responsibilities look like, as well as the benefit of building out your network of contacts who can help support your search once you've graduated from college. Good luck!
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