Careers in Aviation

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Aviation Operations

Airline Pilots and Flight Engineers

pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.
Salary: $169560
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Air Traffic Controllers

control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.
Salary: $120830
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Airfield Operations Specialists

ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.
Salary: $56760
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Flight Attendants

provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. Greet passengers, verify tickets, explain use of safety equipment, and serve food or beverages.
Salary: $56630
Degree: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors

supervise and coordinate the activities of ground crew in the loading, unloading, securing, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. May determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute aircraft center of gravity. May accompany aircraft as member of flight crew and monitor and handle cargo in flight, and assist and brief passengers on safety and emergency procedures. Includes loadmasters.
Salary: $55110
Degree: No degree required

Aviation Engineering and Maintenance

Aerospace Engineers

perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Salary: $117100
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Aviation Inspectors

inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.
Salary: $75330
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth

Aerospace Engineering Technicians

operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
Salary: $68970
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction

Avionics Technicians

install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
Salary: $65330
Degree: Post-secondary certificate

Aircraft Mechanics

diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
Salary: $65230
Degree: Post-secondary certificate

Aircraft Structure Assemblers

assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.
Salary: $55530
Degree: No degree required

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