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Aerospace Engineers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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Work Environment

Aerospace engineers work in offices or laboratories.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,641 - $256,074


Aerospace engineers direct research programs and design military aircraft and aerospace equipment. They serve as aviation technical specialists in air warfare research projects and supervise aircraft design projects from development to evaluation of experimental equipment. They formulate policies and coordinate procurement programs for aircraft and aircraft subsystems, and serve as engineering and technical management liaisons across military branches, contracting organizations, and other government agencies.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Aerospace engineers may have an education in engineering. Job training for aerospace engineers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments and through receiving advanced civilian/industry certifications and licenses (credentials) which may require additional education training or experience. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in concepts and principles of engineering
  • Interest in planning and directing research projects
  • Interest in working with mathematical formulas

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