Aeronautics and Aviation

Up, up, and away! Aeronautics is the study of the science of flight. This field involves designing aircraft, as well as aerodynamics, propulsion, stability, and control in airborne devices. Aviation science prepares your for a career in the aerospace, aviation or airline business.

What is Aeronautics and Aviation?

Aeronautics and aviation science is made up of multitude of careers, including airline business and space exploration. Aeronautics is the science or art involved with the study, design, and manufacturing of air flight–capable machines, and the techniques of operating aircraft and rockets within the atmosphere.


Aviation science refers to aircraft operations and support systems. In addition to flight operations, it includes aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, and airline management. If you’re interested in flying or airplanes, aeronautics may be the field for you!

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Example Careers


Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree, on-the-job training, license/certification

Average Salary

Pilots can work for a variety of companies and organizations, from commercial airlines to military groups. Pilots are responsible for flying and navigating aircraft like airplanes and helicopters.

Aerospace Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary

Aerospace Engineers combine specialized knowledge of aeronautics and the principles of engineering to design airborne objects. Typically, they develop and build satellites, airplanes, spacecraft, and missiles. In addition to strong skills in math and physics, aerospace engineers also need to be excellent problem solvers.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

If aeronautics and aviation is not your thing, there are other areas of science!

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