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The Aerospace and Defense Career Ladder offers exciting career opportunities, covering everything from the environment to technology. Jobs such as Mechanics and Technicians are entry and mid-level careers that begin with high-school diplomas and grow with focused training. Education can lead to engineering positions. This career ladder overlaps with other sectors, including energy and construction. Anyone with a knack for problem-solving, troubleshooting, and math or science should consider a career in Aerospace and Defense.

Entry Level

High School Diploma and On-the-Job Training

Mid Career

Apprenticeship/5+ Years of Training


Bachelor’s +

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The lines within this career ladder provide potential pathways that workers can follow within this industry. The colors are simply to differentiate one pathway option from the other.
Transferrable Occupation
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