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Entry-Level Aerospace Engineering

Basic statistics every aerospace engineer needs to know.

Statistics for Entry-Level Aerospace Engineering Jobs

There is a lot of information aerospace engineers need when they start looking for entry-level aerospace engineering jobs. The following are important statistics we have pulled together to help engineers who are looking for their first entry-level aerospace engineering job.

What do Aerospace Engineers Do?

Aerospace engineers design new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and spacecraft. They specialize in areas such as aerodynamic fluid flow; structural design; guidance, navigation, and control; instrumentation and communication; robotics; and propulsion and combustion.


Aerospace engineers can specialize in designing different types of aerospace products, such as commercial and military airplanes and helicopters; remotely piloted aircraft and rotorcraft; spacecraft, including launch vehicles and satellites; and military missiles and rockets.

Aerospace engineers often become experts in one or more related fields: aerodynamics, thermodynamics, materials, celestial mechanics, flight mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, and guidance and control systems.

How many Aerospace Engineers are there?

Currently there are 66,400 aerospace engineers working in the United States of America. This represents 4% of the total engineers working in the United States.

Number of Aerospace Engineers in the United States

Aerospace engineering is not in the top four largest engineering fields. This means specific entry-level aerospace engineering jobs may be limited to only certain locations around the United States.

Are Advanced Degrees Required?

Most engineers struggle with the decision on pursuing an advanced degree. For entry-level engineering jobs, the more technical the job is, the higher the chance it will require an advanced degree.

To understand how many aerospace engineers go on to get advanced degrees, reference the table below.

Aerospace Engineering - Advanced Degrees

Based on the data, 36% (1,380/3,803) of aerospace engineering students go on to get a master’s degree and approximately 9% (350/3,803) pursue a doctoral degree in a given year. This is slightly below the industry average for all engineering.

Inside an engineering discipline, some jobs can require an advanced degree while others do not. The only true way to know if you will need an advanced degree for the entry-level aerospace engineering job you want, is to look at job postings. If all of the jobs you are interested in require an advanced degree, it means you need to go and get one.

Entry-Level Aerospace Engineering Jobs Created

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the future job growth for each field of engineering.  Based on the data, there will be 1,900 jobs created in Aerospace Engineering over the next 10-years.

It can be assumed that the job growth is in entry-level jobs. This is due to the actual creation of entry-level jobs, or creation of higher-level jobs that are filled with the existing workforce opening up entry-level positions.

Entry-Level Aerospace Engineering Job Growth

Based on the new job growth as a percentage of the existing job market, the projected yearly growth is 2.9% for entry-level aerospace engineering jobs. The average growth rate for all entry-level engineering jobs is 4.1% per year.

This means the job growth for aerospace engineering is slower than the average engineering discipline. Higher job growth in an industry is attractive because it equates to more opportunities in that field in the future.

Competition Index For Entry-Level
Aerospace Engineering Jobs

At the Job Formula, we like to calculate the competition index for different types of engineering jobs. To do this, we divide the total number of graduates in a discipline by the total number of jobs available in that discipline. This calculation shows how many graduates there are for each available job.

The lower the competition index the better. A competition index of one (1) means that there is one graduate for every one job.

The competition index for entry-level aerospace engineering jobs is 1.7. This is only slightly more than the competition index for the average engineering discipline which is 1.5.

Competition for Aerospace Engineers

We calculate the competition index to give graduate engineers an idea of the type of competition they will face when they start looking for their first job. Based on the calculated competition index, entry-level aerospace engineering jobs will just slightly more competitive than the average engineering field.

Please note that competition will vary inside an engineering field based on the type of industry, the location and how attractive a job is.

Industries for Entry-Level Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace Engineering is a diverse degree which means you can work in many different industries. The follow are the top five industries that hire aerospace engineers.

Aerospace Engineering Industries

The percent of total employment means out of all aerospace engineers, how many are working in that one industry.

If you are looking for an entry-level aerospace engineering job, these are the best industries to start with.

Entry-Level Aerospace Engineering Job Salary

The average entry-level aerospace engineering salary is shown below. Additionally, the average aerospace engineering salary, the bottom 10% and top 10% salaries are shown.

Entry-Level Aerospace Engineering Salary

Entry-level aerospace engineering salaries are slightly below the industry average for entry-level salaries. Once you are into your career, all of the other salaries are above the industry average.

At Job Formula, we preach enjoying your job over seeking out a high salary. If you enjoy your job, you are more likely to move up in the position. The Top 10% of any engineering degree field is higher than the mean annual salary. So find a job you like and try to move toward that top 10%.

Resources for Entry-Level Aerospace Engineers

The formula we have been taught since we were small children is just not true. Getting a college degree does not guarantee you a great job. If the formula worked, over 49% of college graduates would not report that they found it hard or extremely hard to find their first job.

Universities are failing engineering students because they are not training them on how to go from getting a degree to getting an entry-level engineering job.

The Job Formula will help you learn what you need to learn to get hired! See our free resources below to get started.

The Winning Engineering Resume

Job Formula's in-depth free guide to help engineers put together a winning engineering resume that gets results. Don’t let your resume be what holds you back from getting your dream job. Click on the link to download now.

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Entry-Level Engineering Blog

Job Formula’s engineering blog is dedicated to helping entry-level engineers get hired. On the blog, you will find articles on internships, cover letters, resumes, interviews and more, all geared toward engineers!

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Entry-Level Engineering Jobs

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*The information on this page was pulled together from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other various resources. The information is intended for education purposes only.