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Florida Tech students talk live with International Space Station astronauts.

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Florida Tech UTEACH

Thinking about teaching as a possible career?

Florida Tech's UTeach program allows you to take a dual degree in this program plus STEM Education, so you'll graduate ready for graduate school, a high-tech job or a rewarding teaching career.

Time for a Higher Education

Florida Tech Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education ranks Florida Tech in the Top 200 Universities in the World! Additionally, Florida Tech was noted for a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the citations category, making it #10 in the world for citations.

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Florida Tech AccoladeFlorida Tech is ranked a Tier One Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013 edition of "Best Colleges."

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Florida Tech ForbesForbes lists Florida Tech among America's Top Colleges in its 2012 rankings of just 650 select schools, placing the university among the best undergraduate institutions.

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Careers in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers hold jobs in industries that employ workers to design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, research and development, and the federal government. Today's aerospace engineering career involves use of sophisticated computer equipment, modeling, simulations and evaluation.

Career Outlook

Jobs that provide an aerospace engineering career are often related to national defense and demand a security clearance. These type of restrictions keep jobs in the United States. As policies on noise pollution and better fuel efficiency continue to increase, there will be a rising demand for aerospace engineers. In addition, as governments refocus their space efforts, new private companies outside of standard space agencies are emerging to explore access to space. These efforts will expand opportunities for anyone seeking an aerospace engineering career.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. Check the handbook for information on the outlook for an aerospace engineering career.

Career Options

Aerospace engineering degree graduates typically specialize in two types of engineering: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. They take jobs such as:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aircraft Design
  • Satellite and Missile Design and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Engineering Management
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Designer
  • Research

Potential Employers

  • NASA
  • U. S. Department of Defense
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pratt and Whitney
  • Revolutionary Research
  • SpaceX
  • Harris Corporation
  • Federal Department of Transportation
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Defense Contractors

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

An entry-level aerospace engineering salary is reported by PayScale.com to be $62,500 with opportunity to grow to $118,000. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar occupations also have attractive entry-level salaries including:

Mechanical Engineering: $60,100 – 98,400
Materials Science & Engineering: $60,100 – $91,900
Industrial Design: $43,600 – $80,300

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers.

Graduate Programs

Florida Tech graduates also pursue graduate degrees (often at Florida Tech) in a variety of disciplines at such prestigious universities as:

  • Purdue University
  • University of Florida
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Georgia Tech
  • Emory University
  • Columbia

New technical electives allow you to specialize in unique career-track subfields such as systems engineering, nuclear technology and energy engineering. This gives you additional skills and experience in the eyes of future employers looking for the candidate who will be successful in an aerospace engineering career.