Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just Begun


With UAV careers leading the charge, aviation is booming



AVIATION CAREER LISTING

In each corner of aviation—from airlines to manufacturing—there's a specialized job that can be explored. For some people aviation is a calling, and for many it doesn't involve being a pilot. For them, supporting the aircraft or operation is just as important as flying it. Here's just a partial listing of jobs available in the aviation field.
Job Salary Range Requirements
Aeronautical Engineer $35,000 - $165,000/year Engineering degree in field
Aircraft Assembler and Installer $16 - $32/hour High-school diploma
Air Freight/Cargo Agent $12 - $20/hour High-school diploma, two-year college degree preferred, shipping experience
Airframe or Powerplant Mechanic $16 - $30/hour
Signum
High-school diploma, technical training; A & P license
Airport Manager $15 - $45/hour College degree in airport management or business administration
Air Traffic Controller $18 - $65/hour FAA training, two-year college degree preferred
Astronaut $24,000 - $75,000/year Engineering, physical science, physics, or similar, advanced degree and aviation medical certificate
Aviation Attorney
$70,000 - $130,000/year Four-year degree + law degree
Aviation Medical Examiner $65,000 - $175,000/year Four-year degree + medical degree
Avionics Specialist $12 - $35/hour High-school diploma, two-year college degree preferred, plus technical training
Baggage Handler
$12 - $18/hour High-school diploma
Corporate Pilot
$50,000 - $200,000/year Most require a four-year degree, extensive flight experience
Fire and Crash Rescue $12 - $35/hour Two-year college degree preferred, plus special training
Flight Attendant
$12 - $26/hour High-school diploma, two-year college degree preferred, plus special training
Flight Dispatcher $15 - $35/hour Dispatcher's license, two-year college degree
Gate Attendant $12 - $25/hour High-school diploma, two-year college degree preferred
Major Airline Pilot $25,000 - $250,000/year Four-year degree preferred, specialized training, specific ratings and certificates
Meteorologist $20 - $35/hour Four-year meteorology degree
NTSB Accident Investigator $16 - $45/hour College degree, aviation industry experience
Reservation Sales Agent $9 - $22/hour High -school diploma, two-year college degree preferred
Sky Cap $7 - $12/hour, plus tips High-school diploma
Test Pilot $35,000 - $200,000/year Four-year degree, military experience or specialized test pilot school, engineering background




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