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* A bachelor's degree in engineering is almost always required for beginning engineering jobs. Good employment opportunities are expected for new graduates.
* Starting salaries are significantly higher than those of bachelor's degree graduates in other fields.
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Aerospace engineers design, develop, and test missile, spacecraft, and commercial and military aircraft, as well as supervise manufacturing of these products. They develop new technologies for use in commercial aviation, defense systems, and space exploration. They specialize in areas like structural design, guidance, navigation and control, instrumentation and communication, and/or production methods. Engineers may also specialize in a particular type of aerospace product, such as commercial transports, helicopters, spacecraft, or rockets. Aerospace engineers may be experts in aerodynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, structures, acoustics, or guidance and control systems.
In 1996, aerospace engineers held about 53,000. More than two-fifths worked in the aircraft and parts and guided missile and space vehicle manufacturing industries. The Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other Federal Government agencies, provided more than 1 out of 7 jobs. Business services, engineering and architectural services, research and testing services, and electrical and electronics manufacturing companies accounted for most of the remaining jobs.
States with large aerospace manufacturers, like California, Washington, Texas, and Florida, have the most aerospace engineers.
Individuals seeking employment as aerospace engineers are likely to face a great deal of competition. The decrease in demand from the Defense Department for military aircraft, missiles, and other ae
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