Aviation Management - Careers in Aviation

In this chapter, we will discuss the career opportunities in the aviation industry.

Airline Careers

There are various positions in airline.
PositionRequirement
Assembler/InstallerDiploma
Aviation AttorneyLaw Degree
Aviation Medical ExaminerMedical Degree
Baggage HandlerDiploma
Cabin Maintenance MechanicDiploma / Degree + Technical Training
Ground AttendantDiploma / Degree preferred
Information Systems SpecialistIT Degree
Ramp Service PersonnelDiploma / Degree preferred + Training
Cabin CrewDiploma / Degree preferred + Training

Pilots

Here are some typical pilot positions in aviation −
PositionRequirement
Corporate Pilot
  • College degree
  • Aviation medical certificate
  • Pilot license
Military Pilot
Regional Pilot
National/International Pilot

Airport Careers

There are a variety of positions pertaining to airport operations −
PositionRequirement
Accident InvestigatorDegree + Training
Administrative AssistantDiploma / Degree preferred
Air Freight / Cargo AgentDiploma / Degree preferred + Training in shipping
Airframe and Powerplant InspectorDiploma + Technical Training + A&P License
Airframe or Powerplant MechanicDiploma + Technical Training + A&P License
Airport ManagerDegree in airport management / BBA / MBA
Avionics Technician/SpecialistDiploma / Degree preferred + Technical Training
Cargo HandlersDiploma in Cargo Management
Concession WorkerDiploma
Customs AgentDegree + Training
Flight InstructorDiploma / Degree preferred
Food Preparation SpecialistDiploma / Degree preferred + Health Certification
Information Systems SpecialistCollege Degree in IT field
Lineperson/fuel handlerDiploma / Degree preferred
Marketing / Public RelationsBBA / MBA (Marketing)
Operations SupervisorCollege Degree
Ramp Service PersonnelDiploma / Degree + Special Training
Safety InspectorEngineering Degree + Training in Aviation Mechanism
Security OfficerDiploma / Degree preferred + Special Training

Characteristics of Aviation Employees

The following are the key skills the aviation employers look for in their prospective employees −
  • Work Competency − The prospective employee needs to be equipped with the related education in the field of aviation and should be able to demonstrate the procedures if required at the time of interview.
  • Work Initiative − If there is no work load for some time, the employee must take initiative to do other allied tasks enthusiastically, which aid the business operations. They must invest the time in learning a new skill beneficial to the business.
  • Mindset of High Ethical Values − The employees must possess ethics such as loyalty towards work and business, and trustworthiness. The employees need to guard the airline business and its reputation by working ethically.
  • Excellent Communication Skills − The employees need good command over communication skills as they might have to deal with customers, colleagues, superiors, and other persons while on duty. They must use polite and clear language while communicating with the customers.
  • Team Playing Nature − Since aviation industry is also a business of coordinated efforts, it needs a coherent team to execute a flight successfully and safely. The leading team members must accommodate the younger ones to groom and the younger ones must follow and learn from the seniors. Overall, the teamwork should reflect.
  • Soft Skills Equipment − The employee must be assertive, courteous, optimistic, and hardworking. The employee must be able to handle anger and control one’s temperament.
  • Critical Decision Making − There can be times when the employees need to handle critical situation without losing control on oneself and saving assets from a mishap. For such times, the employees’ readiness to think critically and bravery helps.

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