Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / OCT. 14, 2014
version 3, draft 3

How to Develop a Career in the Aviation & Airline Industry

Jobs in aviation go far beyond piloting and air hostessing; in truth, the airline industry offers opportunities for a variety of sectors, from engineering to finance. Some of these careers require an extensive amount of schooling and on the job training, while others require no degree at all. If you’re interested in developing a career in aviation, here are some tips to help you reach your goals...

Most common Career Choices

In the aviation and airline industry, there are a wide array of jobs available in a variety of specialties, including:

  • Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Business Logistics
  • Pilot
  • Air Hostess/Steward
  • Dispatcher
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aircraft Design
  • Baggage Handling/Transport

On the Job Training and Certification

Many airlines offer on the job training and the opportunity for apprenticeship to acquire certain certifications. For example, British Airways offers recent graduates the opportunity to acquire their ACCA,  CIMA, and/or CPD certification while working for the company. BA also offers apprenticeships and internships for jobs in the Head Office, Engineering Department, IT Department, and Customer Service Department. 

If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship or internship with an airline, you are almost guaranteed job placement with the airline upon completion of the programme. To increase your chances of securing a good position with an airline right from the start, you may want to consider focusing your education on a career that is currently in high demand for the aviation or airline industry. 

Tailoring Your Education for the Aviation Industry

According to Forbes Magazine, the most "in demand" jobs within the airline industry are for pilots and mechanical specialists. But there are plenty of positions available for those with training in finance, business, and law.

Education is key when seeking employment for higher paying jobs within the aviation industry. To get a leg up on the competition, tailor your education according to the career you wish to pursue within the industry. For example, if you intend on working in the accounting department, a degree in business management or accounting is preferred; already having your ACCA certification is ideal.  

Pay Rates for Jobs in Aviation

In the Cabin

The pay scale for pilots varies widely, working for a small airline could pay about £18,000 while working for a large airline could allow a pilot to earn close to £100,000. Cabin crew members can expect to make between £14,000 and £21,000. Air traffic controllers currently have an earning potential from £10,000 to £90,000.

Behind the Scenes

Those working behind the scenes have the highest earning potential. For example, and experienced aircraft engineers can start out earning £30,000 and eventually level out at around £75,000. Needless to say, the more experience you gain, the higher your pay will climb. Currently, a project manager’s median salary with BA is worth about £50,000 – to start. 

The sheer size of the aviation industry in the UK is second only to the U.S. With over 30 commercial airports and dozens of private strips, there is plenty of opportunity for those looking to secure a position in the aviation industry. Currently the demand for workers within the aviation industry is much higher than that of any other industry in the UK. This has opened the door for paid training, guaranteed hire after internship or apprenticeship, and room for quick advancement after hire. 

 

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'

LEAVE A COMMENT

0 comments

 

RELATED ARTICLES

aviaton inspector
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / OCT 27, 2014

Aviation inspectors oversee the implementation of safety procedures and regulations in repair and maintenance of aircraft. You work will involve a lot of interaction with...

How to Develop a Career in Forex
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / SEP 29, 2014

The Foreign Exchange Market otherwise known as, Forex, FX, and currency market “is a global decentralized market for the trading of currencies.” Some of the major players...

On a cruise
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / SEP 09, 2014

If you love to travel, enjoy exploring other cultures, learning languages, or excel in delivering great customer service, then the range and variety of opportunities in...

How to Develop a Career in Education
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / SEP 09, 2014

Positions in education are varied, and if working with children or young adults appeals, and you have a good sense of humour and patience, there may be a role that suits...

How to Develop a Career in Accountancy
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / AUG 03, 2014

If you’re seeking a rewarding career -- and you’re not afraid of numbers -- a career in accountancy might be the right choice. It takes on average two to four years to...

How to Become an Airline Pilot
CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN 23, 2014

A job which many young people dream of is being a pilot. Even with the economic crisis, air travel is so fundamental to keeping the world functioning properly. It is and...

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'
G up arrow