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Jobs With a Degree in Aviation

Jobs With a Degree in Aviation

Aviation Degree

If you look for more then just a certificate then doing your flight training with a college is something to consider. Many colleges throughout the world offer degrees such as bachelor of aviation science or associates of aviation science. Stand alone these degrees do not qualify for any profession without your commercial pilot license (CPL) but make a good starting point if you want to do a masters degree in aviation. Also they look very good on your resume and may be a door opener when applying for a job (source).

Many airlines, especially in the United States, prefer applicants with a college degree. So why not let your flight training build up college credit and earn a degree?

Also already trained pilots can do an aviation degree program with a college. Depending on the college they may credit your flight time and certificates towards a degree. Usually you don’t get full credit (as if you had done the flying with the college), but it may still be a money saver as flying with some colleges are more expensive then the average flight school. However some colleges require you to do at least two or more certificates and/or ratings with them to qualify for a degree.

For already trained pilots some of the classes you have to do are pure repetition as they are meant for pilot students enrolled in the degree program. You still have to take them to get the needed credits to graduate.

A degree in aviation opens the door to many career opportunities and shows a high level of commitment to the field. An aviation science degree is designed to be flexible enough to provide graduates with a thorough understanding of aeronautics and give them an edge in this highly competitive field. There are a variety of jobs available for the professional who holds this degree.

Military Pilot

Aviation science majors are in demand by all branches of the military to pilot experimental aircraft. These graduates are sometimes recruited to lead a team of fighters. Others pilot refueling craft that support critical missions. According to Payscale, the salary earned by a military pilot depends on his rank and years of experience. The average salary for a pilot in the United States Air Force ranges from $44,694 to $92,903, as of October, 2010.

Pilot for Governmental Agencies

Experienced pilots are sometimes employed by government and law enforcement agencies to enforce speed limits from the air or head search-and-rescue missions. Aerial firefighters with a degree in aviation are licensed and hired by the federal government. Their job is to help firefighters on the ground with fire control. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an aerial firefighter and other pilots for governmental agencies earned an average of $119,000 per year in 2009.


Experienced scientists and engineers with an aviation degree are employed by NASA. They are involved in the day-to-day operations of the aerospace industry on the ground. Many are chosen for space missions. A career as an astronaut requires excellent physical and mental condition. According to NASA, the salary for an astronaut in July 2009 was based on the federal government’s pay scale for GS-12 and GS-13 employees. Salaries range from $65,140 for GS-12 to $100,700 for GS-13, based on academic achievements and experience.

Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers are usually employed by the Federal Aviation Administration to work in a high-pressure environment coordinating air traffic takeoffs and landings. They are trained to use highly sophisticated equipment and to monitor all the aircraft within the range of their airspace. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median salary for an air traffic controller in 2008 was $111,870. Jobs in this field are expected to grow by 13 percent by 2018.

Airport Manager

The position of airport manager requires a degree in aviation science and exemplary business skills. Most large cities and many smaller communities have airports. The manager must understand and implement federal regulations for all operations. Most airport managers are paid a base salary plus bonuses based on efficiency.

Flight Instructor

Flight instructors train pilots at small flight schools and help them become certified pilots. They develop their own training techniques and teach classes for pilots of smaller aircraft. Instructors train pilots using flight simulators on the ground. The median salary for pilots and flight instructors as of May 2008 was $111,680.

Charter Pilot

Some pilots with aviation degrees can be employed by big businesses or corporations to pilot private jets. Regional charter companies hire pilots at an average salary of about $50,000 a year, and pilots hired on a full-time basis by corporations in 2009 earned up to $100,000 or more per year.

Aviator College Degree Programs

Aviator Aeronautical Science Program includes 565 flight hours and more multi-engine time than any other college or flight school. NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time requirements. Our large multi-engine fleet is equipped with Garmin 430s, and ASPEN EFIS is being introduced.

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