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Aerospace and parts manufacturing

Earnings Potential

Production workers in the aerospace industry earn higher pay than the average for all industries. Weekly earnings for production workers averaged $1,019 in aerospace product parts manufacturing in 2004, compared with $659 in all manufacturing and $529 in all private industry. Above-average earnings reflect, in part, the high levels of skill required by the industry and the need to motivate workers to concentrate on maintaining high quality standards in their work.

Facts at a glance

  • Skilled production, professional, and managerial jobs account for the largest share of employment.
  • Employment is projected to grow more slowly in this industry than in industries generally.
  • During slowdowns in aerospace manufacturing, production workers are vulnerable to layoffs, while professional workers enjoy more job stability.
  • Earnings are substantially higher, on average, than in most other manufacturing industries.

Summary of what this career entails

The aerospace and production field is essentially companies producing products related to aircraft. More specifically the production of guided missiles, space vehicles, aircraft engines, propulsion units and other parts related to aerospace.

Examples and or details of work

An idea that is gaining momentum in the aerospace and manufacturing field is that of auto identification technology. There are many advantages that this gives those who work in the field and the general public. Investigations of plane crashes such as the one that Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle was recently involved in will be quicker because the technology will make it easier to oversee the disaster area. It will also help parts manufacturers because they will be relived of any wrongdoing in regards to an accident. The reason being the true reason for an accident will be detected because of the new technology.  Also the quicker the investigation (and it will be quicker due to the technology) the safer flying will be.

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees that lead to a career in the aerospace and parts manufacturing field depend greatly on the specific career. A technician in the field would need a degree from a technical college or a junior college. For those working in a higher skilled profession, an apprenticeship is more important than a traditional degree. An engineer or a scientist would need a bachelor’s degree in a specialized field. A master’s degree or doctoral degree would be recommended for someone who wants to be in the research and development genre.

Specific Career openings in this field

Specific job opportunities in the Aerospace and Parts Manufacturing field include engineering manager, aerospace engineer, mechanical engineer, industrial engineer, management analyst, first-line supervisor/manager of production and operating workers, aircraft mechanic and service technician, inspector, tester, sorter, sampler, weigher, aircraft structure assembler and machinist.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2006-07 Edition, Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing, on the Internet at