Career Search: Positions in Aviation

July 23, 2013

Career Stats, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast -career searchDoes flying the friendly skies seem exciting to you? Or are you interested in how the inner workings of an airplane work? Then a career is aviation may be for you! If you are looking for a job in aviation, here are some positions to consider in your career search.

Airline Pilot

Being an airline pilot carries a lot of responsibility; the training and education for this position is very important and helps prepare you for managing these large methods of transportation. Some pilots learn to fly in the military; however, civilians learn to fly at civilian flight schools.

A commercial license is also important. According to the BLS, the median salary for this position is $92,060. Moving forward there is expected to be an 11% increase in pilot positions over the next 5-7 years.

Aerospace Project Engineer

An aerospace project engineer must understand aerospace engineering and be able to manage projects as well. The project engineer may handle the project budget, organization of the team, work flow, and hiring staff. Aerospace engineers have a median salary of $97,480; the project engineer may earn between $53,000 up to $125,000 a year, according to PayScale.com.

Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers work in control towers managing the movement of passenger planes or other aircraft to keep them safely apart. This job can be stressful and requires a significant amount of on-the-job training. The median salary for this job is $108,040 per year.

Aircraft Maintenance Manager

The aircraft maintenance manager oversees all of the repairs, service, and maintenance of all aircraft at a specific location or locations. This position requires knowledge of FAA regulations and standards. To be eligible for this job, you have to have a bachelor’s degree as well as at least seven years of experience; the manager also has to have an aircraft and engine mechanic license. The median salary for this position is $101,251 per year as noted by Salary.com.

Air Marshal

If you are interested in law and order and enjoy flying, you could look for a job as an air marshal. You would protect the plane, passengers, and crew against threats but unlike other types of law enforcement officers, you would do so without back up. The average salary for this job is $78,869.

There are a number of roles in the aviation industry that may be available for you. For more information about job search strategies, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.

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  • Wish I was an aviation Pro

    There’s a fair portion of the aviation industry that I feel has been left out of this article: The legions of people that keep an airport running. Aviation Administration is a degree program plenty of new graduates are entering the workforce from, but finding gainful employment in airport operations is difficult at best. Most employers are looking for years of experience in the aviaiton environment. It’s hard to imagine that the many entry level jobs that an airport offeres would offer the kind of upward mobility that would take me where I’m looking to go.

    What do ya’ think? Have I gotten myself a useless degree?