Man has always had a dream of flying and soaring new heights, and this is an industry that has reached mammoth proportions now. The Wright Brothers achieved what Icarus could not, and eventually we stepped into space, the final frontier, as well and built spaceships that can soar in the Solar System.
There are a number of people who harbor dreams of flying, but unfortunately not everyone can make the cut as a licensed pilot or astronaut. If you fall into this category, then you must take heart from the fact that you can still build a career in this field by acquiring certain qualifications, only if you have the knack for engineering and building things.
These tasks require years of specialized study, as this industry is supported by billions of dollars of research and development. The main sector that aerospace engineers are employed in is the defense sector of countries. Some private manufacturing companies also hire them to help develop products that can be used for governmental or commercial purposes.
They are further divided into various sub-categories (like navigation, instrumentation, structural design, propulsion, guidance systems, aerodynamics, thermodynamics and celestial mechanics), but they are primarily distinguished by the nature of the products that they engineer.
Gaining such expertise is not an easy task by any means, and people take several years to become hardened aerospace, or aeronautical engineers. Subsequently, the figures for their salary (more than $82,000 per year on an average) are also very lucrative, and this is simply due to the expertise that such people are expected to have gathered.
One obviously needs an exceptional academic record to even qualify to apply to an engineering school. Expertise in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geometry, Trigonometry, Computer Science, various advanced engineering courses and aerospace courses as well is vital and this is something that every aspirant needs to work towards.
Eventually one will need to obtain a Master's degree and a PhD in some of these fields as well, and have a prestigious track record in all engineering matters. Becoming an aerospace engineer is no easy task, and only the cream of the crop can succeed in this endeavor.
Two exams will also need to be cleared with flying colors for this purpose, and these are the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and the Principles and Practices of Engineering exam which are carried out by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).