Aeronautical Research Engineer

Conduct research that leads to better, safer aircraft.

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Salary Range
$61,000 – $143,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Aeronautical Research Engineers do?

Do you love planes, jets, space shuttles, wind turbines, and helicopters? If you have a desire to improve the existing systems on these machines, as well as a passion for research techniques, then look no further—Aeronautical Research Engineer is the job for you.

An Aeronautical Research Engineer is a key player in researching new technologies, materials, systems, and equipment. As a researcher, an Aeronautical Research Engineer knows what it takes to get valid and reliable results. So you carefully outline the specific techniques used for each study; order, gather, and verify supplies; and put together a team. Then you oversee the entire research process, ensuring adherence to safety, accuracy, timelines, and budgets.

With results in hand, you analyze discoveries, compare findings with existing knowledge, challenge discrepancies, and write reports outlining your conclusions. Whether it’s a new process that increases propulsion, a lighter material that improves aerodynamic design, a more versatile propeller, or a more efficient wing layout, you work to get your findings published in industry journals. This not only gains you recognition, but also expands existing knowledge for other Researchers.

Many of these research studies take months or even years to complete. It requires a lot of patience to follow the whole process from grant application to the final print. You also need analytical skills to question every part of the process, great communication skills to supervise your staff, and strong organizational abilities.


Should I be an Aeronautical Research Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Aeronautical Researcher

    How to Become an
    Aeronautical Research Engineer

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