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:
- Business Logistics
- Air Hostess/Steward
- 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.