Aviation Technology

Aviation technology, also known as aerospace engineering, involves the research, development and design of aircraft, missiles and spacecraft.

This engineering discipline is focused primarily on developing new technologies that may be used in aviation, spacecraft and even military defense systems. Aviation technology engineers spend a great deal of time designing and testing new products, as well as coordinating the manufacturing and maintenance of the products.

As with other engineering disciplines, aviation technology engineers will be required to obtain a post-secondary education that is heavily focused on math and science. At a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in aviation or aerospace engineering is required for entry-level positions within the field. Some jobs require a master’s degree. Doctorate degrees in aviation engineering generally only are needed by those who wish to teach this discipline of engineering at a college or university.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for aviation technology engineers is expected to increase by 7 percent over the next decade. The average annual salary for careers in this engineering field is $103,720.

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