Careers in Aerospace Technology
A new century has begun. As a student you will be spending your
life in the 21st century and the future may offer many
It will be a time of space stations and robotic probes. Manned
missions to other planets and moon outposts are future
possibilities. All this, and more scientific accomplishments that
have not even been dreamed of, will happen because Americans wants
to live and work in space.
Where Will You Be in 10 Years?
The world will continue to need aerospace scientists, engineers,
technologists and technicians to be ready for the 21st century.
What Could An Aerospace Technology Career Mean for You?
Aerospace workers are professionals who work independently or as
part of a team. They conduct research, and de-sign and develop
vehicles and systems for atmospheric and space environments.
Individuals who are successful in aerospace careers have the proper
educational background, possess good communications skills, and are
committed to being part of a team. A wide variety of aerospace
career fields offers opportunities for high job satisfaction and
What Education Will You Need Beyond High School?
A career in aerospace as a scientist or engineer requires four
to seven years of college study following high school. A
bachelors degree requiring four years of study is the minimum
necessary to enter this field. Colleges and universities also offer
graduate programs where students can obtain masters and
doctoral degrees. The masters program usually takes two
years. An additional two to four years is needed to earn a
A starting position as an engineer, mathematician, physical
scientist, or life scientist requires a bachelors degree. (A
masters and/doctoral degree is highly desirable in life
sciences.) Some examples of engineering degrees required are
electrical/electronics, aerospace, and mechanical. Other types of
bachelors degrees that may lead to aerospace careers are:
physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, mathematics, experimental
psychology and biology.
Engineering technicians typically earn a two-year Associate of
Science degree. Some may continue for two additional years and
obtain a bachelors degree in engineering technology. Others
may earn a bachelors degree in engineering or one of the
physical sciences. A few complete a five-year apprenticeship
program offered at some NASA field centers.
How Do You Know if You Want An Aerospace Career?
If you think you would be interested in a career in aerospace
technology, check your potential for success by answering these
- Do you enjoy math and science?
- Do you have an inquisitive and searching mind?
- Are you interested in knowing what makes things work?
- Do you like to solve problems and puzzles?
- Do you like to create things?
- Do you enjoy learning?
- Do you enjoy working with computers?
- Do you like to build things?
- Are you prepared to study hard and do homework?
- Do you achieve good grades?
If you answered yes to most of the questions, you may want to
consider an aerospace career. Some of the recom-mended high school
courses are listed on the reverse side.
What Should You Do To Prepare For An Aerospace Career Now?
Education is a critical requirement. What are your favorite
Mathematics and science are the basis for as aerospace
technology career. Decisions you make in school can affect your
career possibilities. Some of the recommended high school courses
are listed below.
- Computer Mathematics
- Math Analysis
How Can You Find Out More About Aerospace Jobs?
Contact people working in the aerospace field such as
scientists, engineers and technicians. Your teacher or guidance
counselor should be able to arrange this for you or your class.
Visit your school and public libraries to get names of professional
organizations you can contact for more information. Contact the
NASA personnel office closest to you if you would like additional
information. Visit the following web sites for more
Some Kinds of Aerospace Careers
Pilots or Crew Members of a Spacecraft
- Pilot Astronaut
- Mission Specialist
- Payload Specialist
- Medical Doctor
- Computer Scientist
- Systems Analyst
- Quality Control Inspector
- Ground Radio Operator
- Aerospace Model
- Pattern Maker and Molder
- Audiovisual Specialist
- Education Specialist
- Public Relations
What Are Engineers?
Engineers are people who make things work. The work and ideas of
engineers make achievements possible. They put power and materials
to work. Engineers have moved America into skyscrapers, high speed
cars, jets, and space vehicles. They make life interesting,
comfortable, and fun. Computers, television, and satellites
products of the communication industry depend on engineers.
Engineers will stations for the 21st century.
What Are Technicians?
Technicians are an important part of the aerospace team. They
work closely with scientists and engineers in support of their
research. Their skills are used to operate wind tunnels, work in
laboratories, construct test equipment, build models and support
many types of research.
What Are Scientists?
Scientists are knowledge seekers, al-ways searching out why
things happen. They are inquisitive. This means they are always
questioning. They possess a sense of wonder. Nature, Earth, and all
the universe are what fascinate the scientist. The scientist
questions, seek answers, and expands knowledge.