An aerospace engineer will research and design aircrafts, missiles, satellites and space vehicles.
The purpose of an aerospace engineer is to improve the functionality of flight systems. This could include improving safety, increasing speed, and limiting costs. One of the most important aspects of aerospace engineering is to develop new environmentally friendly methods of air travel. There are a varied selection of job positions within the aeronautical engineering industry, including; development, research and manufacturing.
An aerospace engineer must hold a degree in a scientific subject. Candidates who have a degree in engineering may also be considered if they studied aerospace modules throughout their course of study. Many people have to attain advanced degrees in order to set themselves apart from competition due to the competitive nature of the industry.
There are a lot of jobs available in the UK; however the industry is fiercely competitive. Many people have to undertake work experience programmes in order to network and find a gateway into the industry. There are also employment opportunities abroad within international aerospace organisations. Aerospace engineering positions can sometimes be found through recruitment agencies.
The average starting salary of an aerospace engineer is between £20,000 and £25,000. Those with experience typically earn around £40,000.