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Aeronautical Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Wind Power

Wind power is today's most rapidly growing renewable power source - up 25% from 2004. According to Global Wind Energy Council, installed capacity, worldwide is 59,322MW, in Germany 18,428MW, in Spain 10,027MW, in the US 9,194 MW. Aeronautical engineers work on improving the aerodynamic performance and durability of wind turbine rotors and airfoil designs. For example, an Aeronautical engineer may work on designing rotors that are least affected by insect debris.


A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.

Job Outlook

The employment outlook for aeronautical engineers through 2014 appears favorable: the number of degrees granted in aerospace engineering declined for many years because of a perceived lack of opportunities in this field, and, although this trend is reversing, new graduates continue to be needed to replace aerospace engineers who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons.


Earnings for engineers vary significantly by specialty, industry, and education. The median income for aeronautical engineers with Bachelor's Degrees is $51,000 and 62,930 for those with Master's degree holders. Those with a Ph.D. earn $73,000.

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