Aerospace Engineers

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $43.31/hr
Median: $53.56/hr
Experienced: $64.56/hr

Current Employment
1,266 (2019)

Projected Employment
1,373 (2030)

Growth for Aerospace Engineers

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Aerospace Engineers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service30223.9%1.7%
Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing26520.9%19.5%
Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing23818.8%19.5%
Engineering Services14211.3%4,4%
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) 1189.4%4.7%

Occupational Tasks

  • Formulate mathematical models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to customer engineering requirements. 
  • Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.  Green Task Statement 
  • Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace products or systems to meet customer requirements or conform to environmental regulations. Green Task Statement 
  • Plan or coordinate activities concerned with investigating and resolving customers’ reports of technical problems with aircraft or aerospace vehicles. 
  • Write technical reports or other documentation, such as handbooks or bulletins, for use by engineering staff, management, or customers.