Aerospace Engineers

risk level
Based on 614 votes
by 2031
or $61.00 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

19% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

  • Negotiation

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

22% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 19% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that this occupation will be replaced by robots or AI in the next 20 years?


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Aerospace Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 6.3% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Aerospace Engineers' was $126,880, or $61.00 per hour

'Aerospace Engineers' were paid 174.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 61,580 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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Bret (Small chance) says
It's a complex job. Many constraints need to be accounted for. A computer just may not be as good at it.
Jul 28, 2021 at 02:53 AM
N (Small Chance) says
I personally do not believe that rocket scientists/aerospace engineers will be overthrown by AI/robots because it requires complex math, complex designing, and building. I do understand that AI will improve over the years, but I don't see robots doing a job like this. Though I do see them helping around. This scares me as they could probably move up a position.
May 28, 2021 at 02:17 PM
G (No chance) says
This job designs vehicles that are specifically made for aeronautical and astronautical transportation. It is a highly creative job that requires thinking outside the box.
May 23, 2021 at 07:53 PM
Nicolas (No chance) says
aerospace engineering is an area that needs innovation and creativity, always discovering new things and not always doing the same task, testing new materials and things that have never been used are constant tasks, etc.
Apr 29, 2021 at 10:06 PM
Apoorva says
As it is a very risk taking job, the one working in this sector has to have a clear mindset of what is right and what is wrong. Whereas robots take decisions according to the way they are programmed. Adding to this, robots are machines so even if they can impress yet they cannot express. Flying or operating a spacecraft or a missile or a rover needs some emotional attachments with hard work, dedication and dreams. Just completing a task within a short span of time won't give happiness 🙂
Apr 13, 2021 at 04:55 AM
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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