Aerospace Engineers

8.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $57.02 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 8% (Totally Safe)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Aerospace Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 8.3% by 2030
'Aerospace Engineers' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Aerospace Engineers' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Aerospace Engineers' was $118,610, or $57.02 hourly
'Aerospace Engineers' are paid 182.7% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as aerospace engineers?

As of 2020 there were 60,630 people employed as Aerospace Engineers within the United States.
This represents around 0.04% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as Aerospace Engineers.

Job description

Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

SOC Code: 17-2011.00

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katie says
Clever minds. Aerospace engineers need to come up with clever solutions, which robots cannot (at least with today foreseen technology). Think about all different trade studies which were sometimes counter intuitive and required completely surprising and innovative solutions. This would drive robots crazy, right?

Teamwork. Aerospace engineers are required to help each other during product creations, which robots can not do properly. Either you guided someone younger, or you gave a hand on CAD or FEA software tips to a bloke close to retirement. Most of the time you did not care if this person is different skin colour, religion, gender or beliefs. Well this pays off in the end.

No tight space requirement. Unless you are working in a design or manufacturing sweat shop, aerospace engineers do not require squeezing into small spaces which is strong point of robotics.

Negotiation. Aerospace design requires negotiation skills, robots cannot do this properly. Think about all interface and supplier and customer meetings you have ever been to. Or even meetings with different functions like manufacturing and maybe stress analysis.
Jan 04, 2021 at 05:02 PM
Cody T. (Small chance) says
I just don't think it is realistic to replace this job within the next 20 years. It seems it take at least a little longer, as this job requires extremely difficult math, and hands on experience engineering. It also requires the capable human mind. Therefore it is unlikely that this job is replaced soon.
Sep 09, 2020 at 07:27 PM
Julien says
The occupation will not be replaced any time soon because it requires critical and creative thinking, which AI or robots do not possess currently.
Sep 09, 2020 at 06:44 PM
Julien (Small chance) says
Aerospace Engineers will not be replaced any time soon because robots and AI are not technologically advanced yet.
Sep 09, 2020 at 06:41 PM
Bobby (Small chance) says
I know this can be said about most jobs, but I think Artificial Intelligence will be used as a tool instead of a replacement.
Apr 26, 2020 at 07:17 PM
Jacob (Small chance) says
cos a robot can't get right into the small parts of a helicopter (for example), and if it could it would take way to long to program
Apr 07, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Riley (Small chance) says
Some tasks like automated FEA and optimization probably can be automated over the next 20 years, but I believe inherent design and optimization for specified tasks will still be done by people. Also considering the field is relatively small compared to others, there is less of an incentive right now to dedicate development tools towards advanced AIs and such for it.
Mar 03, 2020 at 03:24 PM

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