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What are Aviation Careers?

by on February 10, 2016 | Career Guide

What are Aviation Careers? -

The aviation sub-field is divided into areas such as aeronautics, pilot training, and aviation mechanics. Aeronautics programmes prepare you for various aviation careers, including pilot and management positions. You will study flight regulations, aircraft systems and practical flying techniques. In contrast, aviation mechanics and maintenance teaches you how to inspect, repair and maintain helicopters and airplanes, as well as learn to troubleshoot avionics electronics.

The aviation industry offers a wide range of career options and opportunities including jobs in aircraft design, systems engineering, testing, search and rescue, piloting, air traffic control, jet mechanics, electrical engineering, computer systems, airport management, space exploration, customer service, and much more.

Careers in Aviation

Not everyone who works in aviation is a pilot or a flight attendant. Check out these careers if you're interested in the aviation industry:

  • Aerospace engineering and operations technician
  • Aerospace project engineer
  • Air freight agent
  • Air traffic controller
  • Aircraft electrician
  • Aircraft fueler
  • Aircraft loadmaster
  • Aircraft maintenance manager/technician
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Aircraft service technician
  • Airline/Aviation baggage and cargo handler
  • Airline/Aviation ground attendant
  • Airline security screener
  • Airline ticket reservation agent
  • Airplane inspector
  • Aviation attorneys
  • Aviation safety auditor
  • Avionics technician
  • Ramp service personnel

Where you can work

You can work with an airline, at an airport, an airplane manufacturing, maintenance or repair facility, corporate organisations, or the government.

Is a career in aviation for you?

  • Do I enjoy science and math?
  • Am I flexible to work different shifts (various hours of the day, weekends, holidays, etc.)?
  • Am I willing to relocate to another city or state for a job?
  • Do I like to travel?
  • Do I work well in a team environment and alone as an individual?
  • Am I a self-starter?
  • Do I like working with customers or the public?
  • Am I a patient person?
  • Am I open to accepting new procedures for completing a familiar task?
  • Am I willing to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate?
  • Am I dependable and punctual?
  • Do I pay attention to details?
  • Am I able to work under pressure?
  • Do I take responsibility seriously?

10 Interesting Facts about Aviation

  1. KLM is the world's oldest airline, established in 1919
  2. An aircraft takes off or lands every 37 seconds at Chicago O'Hare's International Airport
  3. Singapore Airlines spends approximately $700 million on food every year and $16 million on wine
  4. Travelling by air can shed up to 1.5 litres of water from the body during an average 3 hour flight
  5. The internet and on-line check-in was first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999
  6. The 747 family has flown more than 5.6 billion people – equivalent of 80% of the world's population
  7. Qantas invented business class in 1979
  8. Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different meals in case of food poisoning
  9. About 1/3 of your taste buds are numbed while flying.
  10. A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometres per hour.

Adapted from: 25 Interesting and Fun Aviation Facts You Never Knew

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