What does an Aerospace Engineer actually "do"? Q1: What does an Aerospace/Aeronautical engineer actually do? I've done some research spread out over the last few weeks (Wikipedia, etc) and I've discovered it's a pretty broad topic (Fluid Dynamics, Astrodynamics, Propulsion, etc). It seems like that's a lot more then one person can learn in a life time. So what does an aerospace engineer do? Do they specialize in one area of the broad range of topics involved, like say, propulsion? And then what do they do with that knowledge? Do they build and study different methods of propulsion? [If that makes sense..] Q2: When studying to be an aerospace engineer, how and what do they study? Is it hands on experience, and if it is what is it (example please)? Q3: This is random but do they teach aerospace engineers how to program/is it a requirement?