As of 2012, aeronautical engineers earned a median salary of $103,720 per year or $49.87 per hour, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of available jobs totaled 18,000 in that same year, and the job outlook through 2022 projected a growth of 7 percent.
An aeronautical engineer designs and tests prototypes for different types of aeronautical vehicles, from planes and helicopters to space shuttles and missiles. Some of these professionals work in the commercial arena, building or testing models for commercial use. Others work for the government and develop products for use in the military or other applications. Since some military organizations purchase aerospace products from private companies, military aeronautical engineers help keep those products functioning.