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hi, i was considering either doing medical research or aerospace engineering as a job (i’ve made a separate forum asking about medical research).

i had an interest in being a pilot but the extremely large cost, and not getting a degree kind of puts me off it. but im still interested in flight and the dynamics of flight etc, is aerospace engineering a good pathway to go down? who are the employers? and is there a good pay / is it good compared to medical research?

im most likely going to do medical research but im still considering this

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I’d advise that you pick a broad degree for your undergraduate, opt to specialise in your chosen projects and masters degree (if decided).

Mechanical Engineering won’t put you at a disadvantage and will allow you to change industry paths with relative ease if desired.

I studied mechanical engineering but did medical engineering related projects. I work for a healthcare company now in medical device research.

Alternatively, you could study bioengineering, biomechanical, or medical engineering.
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I’d advise that you pick a broad degree for your undergraduate, opt to specialise in your chosen projects and masters degree (if decided).

Mechanical Engineering won’t put you at a disadvantage and will allow you to change industry paths with relative ease if desired.

I studied mechanical engineering but did medical engineering related projects. I work for a healthcare company now in medical device research.

Alternatively, you could study bioengineering, biomechanical, or medical engineering.
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(Original post by hannahco)
hi, i was considering either doing medical research or aerospace engineering as a job (i’ve made a separate forum asking about medical research).

i had an interest in being a pilot but the extremely large cost, and not getting a degree kind of puts me off it. but im still interested in flight and the dynamics of flight etc, is aerospace engineering a good pathway to go down? who are the employers? and is there a good pay / is it good compared to medical research?

im most likely going to do medical research but im still considering this

thank you
I hope you know you don't need an aerospace engineering degree to be a pilot, right?

You'll need an ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) and a Class 1 Medical Certificate. It costs a lot though - that's true. You could get qualified in the army for free though (I think).

But onto the engineering and medical research part of your question. Aerospace engineers usually get paid a nice salary, that's the one thing they can't complain about. But of course, the number of positions is limited and you might need to relocate for better job prospects.

But if you want to go into medical research but also considering engineering, you could go into biomedical engineering.
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Don't know if you've already made your decision but I'll add my two cents as someone who's completed an aero degree.

Flight dynamics was probably covered in, at most, 4 modules that were 10 credits each for me. Meaning only 40 credits of my 360 credit degree were related to flight dynamics, aircraft performance and stability etc.

Obviously, I'm speaking from personal experience but I wouldn't recommend it if your end goal is potentially being a pilot as most common modules cover things like aerodynamics, stress and structural analysis, autonomous systems, and propulsion. The closest I ever got to 'piloting' was using a flight simulator twice and going on a flight test week.
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