Careers

Although most Aviation Science students are focused on becoming career pilots, the aerospace industry contains multiple facets of aviation. From airport management to space exploration, the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science prepares you for a successful career in aviation - whether you choose to remain in the cockpit or on the ground. The following aviation employment careers are all attainable and represent only a fraction of the available opportunities for newly graduated aviation professional.

Flight Deck Careers:

 

Areas

Employers

Airline Pilot
Regional and Major Airlines
Corporate Pilot
Individual aircraft owners, businesses, and corporations
Military Pilot
USAF, USMC, USN, USCG, USA
Missionary Pilot
Churches, Missionary Organizations
Law Enforcement

Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies

Test Pilot
NASA, airlines, military, general aviation
Sight Seeing
Tourism companies or depts.
Search and Rescue
Military, law enforcement, fire/rescue agencies
Aerial Firefighting
Fire/rescue agencies
Flight Instructor
Part 61 and 141 schools
Unmanned Aircraft Pilot
 
Cargo Pilot
FedEx, UPS, DHL, Atlas, and other airlines, USPS
Agriculture Pilot
Farms, Dept. of Agriculture
Simulator Instructor
Part 61 and 141 flight schools, type-rating schools, corporate, and airlines

 

Aviation Administration Careers:

 

Areas

Employers

Airport Operations/Resource Management
Municipal, Regional, and International airports
Consulting
 
Airline Revenue Management
Regional and major airlines
Aviation Analyst
AOPA, NTSB, FAA, NOAA
Airport Planning
Municipal, Regional, and International airports
Fixed Base Operations Management

FBO's

Aviation Insurance
Insurance Companies
Aircraft Sales
Aircraft Manufacturers
Corporate Flight Departments
Large corporations (e.g., Walmart, AT&T)
Safety Manager
Corporations, airlines, FBO's

 

Space Careers:

 

Areas

Employers

Rocket systems and fuels
NASA, private-sector commercial space companies, space systems contractors
Space Exploration
Satellites
Astronaut (pilot)
High Altitude Flight Exploration and Research

 

Dispatch/Air Traffic Control Careers:

 

Areas

Employers

Aircraft Dispatcher
Regional and major airlines
Air Traffic Controller
FAA & Contract Air Traffic Management
Railway Controller
Railway Companies
Ramp Controller
FedEx, UPS, DHL
Flight Operations Analyst
XO Jet, NetJets

 

Research Careers:

 

Areas

Employers

Alternative Fuels
Government agencies, environmental groups, colleges and universities
Pollution Transport and Diffusion
Meteorology
NOAA, NASA, Airlines
Aerodynamics
Aircraft manufacturers, aircraft avionics/systems producers
Navigation and Approach Systems
Aircraft Systems
Climate Change Projects
NOAA, environmental groups, universities and colleges

 

How to LAND the job:

  • Acquire Internships; these will create vital networking opportunities
  • Fly as much as possible, being proficient in flying an aircraft will be the most attractive aspect of your portfolio and flight time is one of the biggest qualifications for employment
  • Volunteer in many aviation areas, this will help you to find an aviation career that best suits you.
  • Display confidence, good judgment, a hard work ethic, the ability to adapt, enthusiasm, and sensibility
  • Consider taking low level jobs at airports, FBO's, manufacturing companies, etc. to gain experience in the aviation field.