2. Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic
Mechanics must be federally certified and are responsible for maintaining aircraft in airworthy and safe operating condition. They may work with jet or piston engines and airframes constructed from sheet metal or composite materials. The systems of aircraft are complex, and while the working conditions can be physically tough, the subject is endlessly challenging, usually in a good way.
Salary Range: $30,000–$85,000