How to Determine Which Type of Aviation Job Is Right for You

--Philip J Reed, on behalf of Redstone College Choosing a career specialty isn’t always easy, but if you at least know the general field you’d like to enter, you’ve done a good portion of the work already. Take a look at the following aviation job descriptions to see which ones match up well with your interests and abilities. The information could be helpful as you decide where to obtain avionics training or other educational experience Pilot Pilots fly an aircraft from one destination to another. A private pilot receives extensive training and must adhere to certain flight requirements to ensure his or her skills are kept current and that the individual is capable of flying according to certain instrument and safety standards. Private pilots must be in good health, detail-oriented, willing and able to work under pressure, and accepting of the responsibility that comes with transporting people in an airplane. Avionics Technicians An avionics technician is responsible for repairing and maintaining some of the systems that keep an airplane functioning properly, such as radio communications, weather radar systems, and other computers that help control engines and flight. The job requires a high level of technical skill, an avionics degree, and a person who is responsible and willing to stay abreast of rapid technological advances. Flight Attendant The law requires that major airlines provide flight attendants to assist in passenger safety and security during a flight, but these very visible members of the aviation industry are also in charge of helping make sure travelers are also as comfortable as possible. At minimum, a person will likely need a high school diploma to follow this career path, but more employers want their flight attendants to have at least a bachelor’s degree. If you’re not able to go to a school where flight attendant training is provided, a college or university offering psychology, nursing, or even travel and tourism degrees with help you obtain relevant skills. Aircraft Mechanics Aircraft mechanics keep many of an airplane’s inner workings maintained and functioning properly. Some mechanics specialize in preventive maintenance and fixing problems they find during routine inspections, while others focus on fixing problems reported to them by pilots. Like many aspects of the aviation industry, this is a detail-oriented job, and the safety of others depends on the quality work a mechanic must produce. Airline Reservation Agent Not exactly inclined to fly? You can still enjoy a productive aviation-related career while keeping your feet on the ground. Reservation sales agents answer customer questions about ticket prices, flight schedules, connecting flights, travel rules and regulations, and other accommodation needs like rental cars and hotel rooms. They must be good communicators, comfortable using computers, and have a penchant for accuracy. They help form some of the earliest impressions of an airline. Aviation is a varied, fast-paced industry. With a little searching and the right training, you’ve got a good chance of finding the best job for you.