Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Career Overview

Aerospace engineers design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems, and their components. In addition, they may be involved in the installation, operation, and evaluation of these systems. These engineers often utilize computer-based modeling and simulation tools. Make sure to search for videos by Kevin and Deepik to learn more about being an aerospace engineer!


A four-year bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering is required. A higher degree (master's degree), which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$49,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr
$114,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
Work Environment

Aerospace engineers are generally employed by airplane and spacecraft manufacturers, the government, and universities. Depending on the employer, many of these engineers may require security clearances. In addition, some work with hazardous equipment and/or toxic materials may be required.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities look good in Canada.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada