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195 Associates's Degrees Annually
179 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#110 in Popularity (Associate's)
$68,970 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Aeronautical Engineering Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many aeronautical/aerospace engineering technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 627
Undergraduate Certificate 301
Associate’s Degree 195
Bachelor’s Degree 179

What Aeronautical Engineering Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech Majors

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Aeronautical Engineering Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 6.6% $67,010

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology?

195 Associate's Degrees Annually
7% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 93% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 56
White 110
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 15

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Aeronautical Engineering Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $68,970. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 19.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 39.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 33.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.9%

Online Aeronautical Engineering Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 40 schools offered a aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 9 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 10 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 19 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 9 1
Master’s Degree 1 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech grad is $68,970 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 73% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $581,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to aeronautical/aerospace engineering tech.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 4,371
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 1,139
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 774

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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