|Quick Facts: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians|
|2014 Median Pay||
$63,780 per year
$30.66 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Associate's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||11,400|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||4% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||400|
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft. Increasingly, these workers are using computer-based modeling and simulation tools and processes in their work.
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians usually work in manufacturing or industrial plants, laboratories, and offices. Some of these workers may be exposed to hazards from equipment or from toxic materials, but incidents are rare as long as proper procedures are followed.
Many employers prefer to hire aerospace engineering and operations technicians who have earned an associate’s degree in engineering technology. Prospective technicians also may earn certificates or diplomas offered by vocational or technical schools. Some aerospace engineering and operations technicians must have security clearances to work on projects related to national defense.
The median annual wage for aerospace engineering and operations technicians was $63,780 in May 2014.
Employment of aerospace engineering and operations technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Workers in this occupation work on many projects that are related to national defense and therefore require security clearances. These requirements will help to keep jobs in the United States.
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