Potential Careers

Leaders in Industry and Society

Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. They are employed primarily in analysis and design, manufacturing, industries that perform research and development, and the federal government.

Graduates of WPI’s Aerospace Engineering Program will become successful engineers as a result of their mastery of the fundamentals in mathematics and basic sciences, and as a result of their sound understanding of the technical concepts relevant to aerospace engineering and design.

Our graduates become leaders in business and society. Their broad preparation in the effective uses of technology, communication, and teamwork allow them to succeed in their field; their appreciation of the importance of globalization, professional ethics, and impact of technology on society allow them to succeed in the world.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (U.S. BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Aerospace engineers who know how to use collaborative engineering tools and processes and who know about modeling, simulations, and robotics should have good opportunity.” ONET Online puts the median wage for an aerospace engineer in 2011 at $102,420 annually with a projected job growth of 3-9% between 2010 and 2020.

The U.S BLS suggests that research and development projects related to improving the safety, efficiency, and environmental soundness of aircraft will create demand for aerospace engineers. Additionally, engineers who work on engines and propulsion will be needed as the emphasis in design and production shifts to rebuilding existing aircraft to reduce noise pollution and increase fuel efficiency.

WPI will not only prepare you to take on the challenges facing aerospace engineers in the twenty-first century, but to be a leader in the field.