Aerospace Engineering vs. Mechanical Engineering

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Hi, I am currently a high school junior and I've wanted to be an Aerospace engineer for a long time. But I recently began to wonder if i could do just as well or better with a Mechanical degree. I would like to have a job dealing with airflow (fluid dynamics, aeroelasticity, structural analysis, etc.) whether it be in the aerospace industry or other vehicular industry such as automotive, or perhaps in propulsion. My concern lies with the current employment outlook since the aviation industry is slow and was wondering if, since the Mechanical engineering degree is more broad, I would have more employment opportunities with a Mechanical engineering degree and therefore be better off. So I guess my question is: Should I go with Aerospace or Mechanical given my ideal occupational area? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

Note: I would graduate with the BS/BE in spring of 2016.
 
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With a degree in mechanical engineering, you will be ready to get involved with fluid dynamics and structural analysis to as high a level as you desire in many different industries.
 
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i think Mechanical engineering is quite amazing for what you need. Dealing with fluid dynamics system. Even some students of mechanical eng from many universities in the world which don't have aero-eng department, have dealed with many researches on rocketry and some other aeronautic technologies for their thesises.

but if you like fligth stability control-system, designs, etc, I think it would be aeronautic then.

Good luck JClinton,
 

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