|Quick Facts: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$61,530 per year
$29.58 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||9,900|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||0% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||0|
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 full time in laboratories, offices, and manufacturing or industrial plants. 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.
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians with an associate’s degree in engineering technology increasingly are being preferred by employers. 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 $61,530 in May 2012.
Employment of aerospace engineering and operations technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. 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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