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Jobs Outlook: Aerospace Engineers
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Employment of aerospace engineers is expected to decline over the projection period. Foreign competition and the slowdown in air travel will limit the number of new jobs for aerospace engineers related to the design and production of commercial aircraft over the
projection period. Despite the expected decline in employment,
favorable opportunities are expected for aerospace engineers through
2012 because the number of degrees granted in aerospace engineering has
declined greatly over the last decade due to the perceived lack of
opportunities in this occupation. The decline in degree production has
reached the point that the number trained in aerospace engineering may
not be adequate to replace the large numbers of aerospace engineers who
are expected to leave the occupation, especially due to retirement,
over the 2002-12 period. Some employment opportunities also will occur
in industries not typically associated with aerospace, such as motor