I need to point out that you may end up doing things you didn't start out to do. Either my son or myself are prime examples. He did biology to be a paramedic which he turned out hating, and now catches endangered rats, where I went the EE route with a comp sci minor and ended up in public service. No one has ever asked what my major minors were during the job interview just whether or not I was degreed (which wasn't revelant to the job either)
I am not an aerospace engineer, I'll put that out there first. I would like to present what I have seen though.
I recently left a job that had me working with aerospace engineers. I worked with United Launch Alliance, SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and a few others. There is a large demand in that field, to the point of them randomly asking if I know anyone who is an engineer and looking for a job. Word of caution, SpaceX sucks to work for.
Space launch is growing at a fast rate. They don't have enough engineers to keep up, and this isn't going to change soon. There will always be a demand. I think it's a great field, and opens up a lot of possibilities.
(not counting the humanities credits they required) you learn a bunch of critical thinking (the humanities classes were far less 'think critically' and 'think the way I tell you to' - which is really unfortunate)
Shade for the lovers and poets....
I can echo what the other engineers have said here. I am a Dual major Civil-Architectural Engineering with a concentration in Structures (structural engineer) from Drexel University. My career has meandered from working on Airports and transportation, to bridges design and inspections, cell tower inspections, to windfarms, substation rehabilitation and design to landing work at a Local Municipal Utility designing the steel poles to harden the transmission system. As a bridge designer, my project manager was an aeronautical engineer. He knew structures as well as any there. In school many of my long term buddies were the ME's who shared classes with me until things started to move. (ME - things move, SE - if they do, something went terribly wrong.) The thing you are taught and practice, is a way of thinking, and a lack of fear for learning something new. (most of us crave it.)
to your moms fear, your skill set will be valuable beyond Aviation/Space, but likely it is where your passion with be. you will have to follow the work to stay with aviation likely. but you may be surprised. you make start aviation opportunities where you are
I was a Mechanical Engineering major for a while, I actually have an associates in engineering. The reason I went ME is that it was very versatile and you can do tons of things with it. Physics is physics. I actually ended up not completing my BS because it was nearly impossible being in the military (I am active duty AF). I am constantly being offered jobs on linked in just with an associates, so very in demand and versatile. I ended up getting my BS in environmental science, and that is also what I am getting my MS in as well. Although I was tempted to get a masters in space studies and management, but I am pretty sure I would find zero work in it. I plan to finish my ME degree when I retire from military service. I won't necessarily use it for work, but it is just a personal goal of mine. Never too old to stop learning.