Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Aerospace Engineering - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

At the University at Buffalo, the four-year undergraduate program leading to the BS degree in aerospace engineering prepares students for a career in the aerospace engineering profession and the aerospace industry. This preparation includes traditional aeronautics and astronautics applications (such as subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, space shuttle, and the space station) as well as aerospace-related component development (such as design of structures, and devices and instruments) and vehicle and propulsion system design. Because of the rapid pace of commercial development and extreme diversity of the aerospace field, the undergraduate aerospace engineering program stresses knowledge of the fundamentals of the profession so as to provide a meaningful multidisciplinary foundation for the student's entire career span. While many students enter industry directly after completing the B.S. program, about 50 percent of our aerospace graduates elect to pursue graduate work in engineering or other fields.

The future for the aerospace engineer is extremely exciting. Aerospace engineers find themselves on the leading edge of technology, solving problems existing high in the clouds or in the vast reaches of space just as often they consider problems closer to home.

A variety of industries require the talents of aerospace engineers. The automotive industry, for example, has recently seen increased interest in aerospace technologies such as aerodynamics, feedback control, propulsion, system dynamics, and lightweight structures. The aerospace engineering program is also intended to prepare students for service in aerospace-related government agencies, such as NASA, FAA, and the U.S. Air Force, Navy, or Marine flying services.

Salary Information
The most recent Salary Survey published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 2012 reported a median starting salary of ,000 for individuals with a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated an median annual income of 5,380, as of 2012 (See here) for more information).

Additional Resources

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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