Future for Aerospace Engineering

I have always wanted to be a pilot as a kid, but now, as a senior in high school, I want to be an aerospace engineer. What I wanted to know is: Is aerospace engineering a successful major? Should I stop at a B.S in aerospace if I want to build and design aircraft for a good company and earn a nice salary for a living? Do you think the aerospace engineering field is growing and requiring more jobs or is it deflating and getting smaller based on jobs?
Thanks!
posted by Mike, IQA/Richardson on December 27, 2013

Answer by Nicolette Yovanof

Hi Mike, thank you for your question! Aerospace is a very cyclical industry where things can change based on the economy and defense market very easily.  So while there are downturns, they have historically bounced back.  Advancing technology and capability in aerospace in a variety of ways always has opportunities.  What is important is that you work hard and do your best and really enjoy the work that you do.  If aerospace is where your interest lie, I would definitely encourage you to study it in college! A B.S. will get give you many opportunities for a job building and designing aircraft for a good company at a good salary.  Whether or not you want to stop there may depend on your specific interests, the company that you work for, and the area in aerospace that you want to get into.  I would encourage you to explore internships and job fairs while you are in college to find out more about the specific needs the companies have and how they align with your interests.  Also, make sure to find out if the companies that you are interested in have programs where they can pay for advanced degrees if you want to work it out that way.  Good luck!