What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Designs aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft using knowledge of engineering and physics, and tests prototypes to see if they work according to design. May specialize in aeronautical design and work with airplanes and helicopters, or specialize in astronautical design and work with vehicles used in outer space. May specialize in a particular area of design, such as aerodynamic flow or navigation.
There were 102 Aerospace Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 9325 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Aerospace Engineer industry, which includes the Aerospace Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Aerospace Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,842.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,947.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Aerospace Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $84,280.
Education and Experience
Posted Aerospace Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Aerospace Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||26%|
|3 to 5 years||32%|
|6 to 8 years||14%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Aerospace Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (40%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
- Research (23%)
- Planning (23%)
- Microsoft Office (21%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Systems Engineering (39%)
- Simulation (22%)
- MATLAB (22%)
- Physics (21%)
- Aerospace Engineering (19%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Mechanical Engineering (20%)
- Python (19%)
- Scheduling (17%)
- C++ (15%)
- System Design (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Mechanical Design (5%)
- Structural Failure Analysis (5%)
- Nastran / Patran (5%)
- Stress Analysis (4%)
- Ansys (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Aerospace Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Stress Engineer
- Systems Engineer
- Avionics Engineer
- Senior Specialist Aerospace Engineering Astrodynamics
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Aerospace Engineering Manager
- Mechanical Systems Engineer
- Thermal Engineer
- Mechanical Testing Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer (General)
- Electronic Warfare Engineer
- Power Electronics Engineer
- Mechanical Design Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Aerospace Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Lockheed Martin Corporation (1698)
- Northrop Grumman (493)
- The Boeing Company (440)
- Raytheon (358)
- L3Harris (182)
- Raytheon (13)
- Honda (7)
- Naval Air Systems Command (6)
- KBR (6)
- Navair (3)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!