Aerospace Engineering graduate destinations
Engineering graduates are highly employable, with well developed skills in areas such as numeracy, team working, report writing and creativity. Bristol graduates are in demand, with the university's high academic standards and excellent teaching attracting many recruiters.
Data obtained from
- Single honours Aeronautical Engineering courses (BEng and MEng), including those with study abroad
- Graduates from the UK
Responses were received from 62 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 92.5%
|Most important activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Due to start work||3%|
Of those who start work, a large number typically embark on an engineering or manufacturing career; the remainder enter a huge range of unrelated occupations that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, and the broad skills base of engineering graduates is appreciated. This can include working in high profile areas such as business, finance, law and the Civil Service, as well as those which might seem more unrelated such as advertising, journalism and social work.
|Employment sector||Number of graduates|
|Wholesale and retail||4|
|Other sectors (10 sectors)||12|
Employers and occupations
Those entering engineering will find possibilities in a range of different functions, although the exact spread of opportunities will vary according to your degree subject. Functions include research and development, design, consultancy, production, contracting and commercial work such as sales and marketing. Your career need not be confined by your original choice of function - indeed some mobility is built into many training schemes.
Examples of employers
- Rolls Royce
- Red Bull Racing
- Royal Air Force
- GKN Aerospace
There are also opportunities to apply one's scientific training and knowledge in new ways such as patent work, health and safety, and technical writing. Engineering offers the chance to apply your personal values in a huge range of contexts, from defence to development.
Examples of occupations
- Aerodynamics Engineer
- Fixed Equipment Engineer
- Associate Financial Consultant
- Graduate Engineering Trainee
- Graduate Research Engineer
Anyone wishing to continue on to postgraduate study will find exciting opportunities at both Master's and PhD level, with funding more readily available than in most disciplines.
|Qualification type||Number of graduates|
|Postgraduate research degree||5|
|Postgraduate taught degree||2|
|No qualification aim||0|
8 graduates from 2016/17 went on to full-time further study, undertaking a variety of taught (e.g. MSc Aeronautical Engineering) and research qualifications (e.g. PhD Aerospace Engineering, PhD Advanced Composites). Five graduates went into PhDs in Engineering and Composites.
Explore your career options
You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?
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