Median Salary: $79,998
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +13%
Total Employees: 9,200
Change in Employees (2009–2015): -21%
The aerospace industry has a long history in Canada, and it remains an important part of the country’s economy. But the industry’s work involves long lead times, and it’s exposed to domestic and foreign disturbances, like government and foreign policy and currency fluctuations. It’s a category that’s dominated by big manufacturers, and few are Canadian—most are foreign-owned subsidiaries. But given the complex supply chains, there are plenty of smaller companies to work for as well. Alternative fuel sources are a growing area of interest in this field. Specific roles in this field vary—from aerodynamics engineer to systems engineer, there’s potential to specialize.
A bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or in a related discipline such as mechanical engineering or engineering physics, is required. A master’s degree or PhD, may also be required. Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required. Before you can become a registered engineer, you need to have work for three to four years under supervision, and pass a professional practice exam.
Wages in this field have grown by 16%, with the median salary sitting around $80,000.
About 4,000 jobs are up for grabs in this field, and that’s expected to continue until 2024, with 700–800 people expected to retire each of the next eight years and a projected 1,400 openings annually over that time.