A Real World Job

For a math project during the STAAR Test .

Choose a career that you may be interested in pursuing. Traditional sources of research are always available, such as the job section of a newspaper, reference books in the library or search Web Sites on the Internet for ideas on different careers.

                                                                                          -The Idea

If you go ahead and click The Button that sits above this message, you will see that my dream job is as an AEROSPACE ENGINEER. I hope to make this dream come into a reality through a good education that I am receiving throughout all my schools. Anyway, I want to talk about math, math and its place in the job of an AEROSPACE ENGINEER.

First, let's talk about the education that is required to be able to be an AEROSPACE ENGINEER.

1. What academic path is required for your career? High school? College? Post Graduate?

For an AEROSPACE ENGINEER, 4 years of college are required to receive the basic bachelor's degree. If you want to move up the ranks and earn seniority, then you have to study for either two more years and earn your Masters degree or four more years and earn your PhD degree.

There are the math classes that you have to take because you just do in middle school. In high school, you have to take math classes, too. Theses math classes should correlate with your job's required ones.

2. What math classes are required during your education to prepare you for your career?

In high school, I myself would be recommended to take these courses. Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Calculus/Calculus AP and Math Analysis. Remember, these course are available in high school AND college.

Math is important in many careers. You may think that math is not really related to your career, but it might be. Math is not just the basics. There is a lot of math that you might never learn throughout your education. The teachers only teach you what you signed up for.

3/4. How is math important for your job?  What is the math used for on the job?

Math is the fundamental tool of aeronautical engineering. Whether modeling shapes, designing on a computer, checking stresses and strains, calculating fluid dynamics or determining areas, math is the root of all these activities. Math is the fundamental principle behind almost all engineering, and there are few important functions that can be accomplished without it being used in some form.

                                                                 -Michael Rytting, an eHow contributor

Lift: Bernoulli's equations, how to calculate linear velocities and area, simple multiplication, advanced calculus. Without math, it would be impossible to safely test out a design for a plane.

Strengths: All math. Without math, determining material strengths and their reactions to various stresses and strains on the plane would be very difficult.

Fluid Mechanics: Linear algebra, calculus. Without math, determining how air-considered as a fluid-would affect the vehicle.

Economics: Cost related math, probability, all math. Without math, how would engineers put out a financial outlay, fund the building of the plane, and work out future problems.

Every job comes with responsibilities. An AEROSPACE ENGINEER has no exceptions either. There are basic daily tasks that you do, and important projects.

5. What do you do on a typical day or what are your duties?

Communicate orally and on paper fluently. As an engineer in training, you will take on projects with many people under a senior engineer who watches over and conducts the project. After moving up ranks, you will get to conduct projects and direct people. You become a senior engineer after that.

A dream job can become a reality through education and hard work. Many schools can help me get to my dream job, but there are always some that make it to the top of that list.

6. Which schools have respected programs in this field?

Undergraduate: California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Graduate: Stanford University, Purdue, University of Illinois, University of Texas, Princeton, Texas A&M

Salary or wages are an important part of a career. Maybe the whole reason you work...

7. What is the salary range of your career.

I have below a sample career path of an aerospace engineer in Texas. This is a possibility and probably fluctuates for who you work with and how good you are at your job.

Sample Career Path.

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