Avionics Engineers


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Avionics Engineers

Introduction

Avionics (from the words aviation and electronics) is the application of electronics to the operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Avionics engineers conduct research and solve developmental problems associated with aviation, such as instrument landing systems and other safety instruments for aircraft or space vehicles. Avionics engineers are a subspecialty of the field of aerospace engineering. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2019 there were approximately 66,400 aerospace engineers empl...

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Median Salary

$116,500

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Avionics engineers employed in the U.S. in October 2020 earned an average salary of $90,123. Salaries ranged from $66,000 or less to $134,000 or more. Median annual earnings for aerospace engineers were $116,500 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The top 10 percent of engineers earned $166,620 or more, and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $72,450.

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Work Environment

Avionics engineers work for aircraft and aerospace manufacturers, airlines, and NASA and other government agencies. Most avionics engineers specialize in a specific area of avionics; they are also responsible for keeping up with the latest technological and industry advances. Their work is usually performed in pleasant indoor surroundings. They typically work full-time business hours. They occa...

Outlook

Avionics is an important and constantly developing field and reliance on electronics technology has grown rapidly and in virtually every industry. Nevertheless, commercial and personal air traffic is expected to increase only gradually in the coming years. Moreover, new aircraft generally demand less maintenance work to specialized maintenance repair shops both domestically and abroad. In addit...

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