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Career Type Career Title Salary Range Education Requirements Who Employs
Aircraft Manufacturing Occupations Assemblers & Installers $10 - $16 /hr High School diploma Aircraft Manufacturers
Electrical Installers & Technicians $8 - $25 /hr High School diploma Aircraft Manufacturers
Machine Tool Operators $10 - $16 /hr High School diploma, vocational school Aircraft Manufacturers
Manufacturing Engineers $65,000 - $80,000+ Bachelor of Science degree Aircraft Manufacturers
Quality Technicians $10 - $25 /hr High School diploma, Associate's degree Aircraft Manufacturers
Sheet Metal Fabrication $8 - $14 /hr High School diploma Aircraft Manufacturers
Tool, Jig & Fixture Makers $9 - $25 /hr High School diploma, vocational school Aircraft Manufacturers
Aircraft and System Maintenance Airframe or Powerplant Mechanic $20 - $35 / hr High School diploma, technical training; degree preferred Airlines, FBO's, private companies
Avionics Specialist $20 - $35 / hr High School diploma, technical training; degree preferred Airlines, FBO's, private companies
Airline and Airport Operations Air Traffic Controller $37,282 - $132,108 FAA training; college preferred Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Airport Manager $18,000 - $130,000 College degree in airport management or business administration Airports, airport authorities
Cabin Maintenance Mechanic $10 - $17 / hr High School diploma, technical training Airlines
Concession Workers $8 / hr+ High School diploma Airport concessionaires
Fire and Crash Rescue $16,000 - $48,000 Special training; college preferred Medium to large airports
Fixed Base Operator Manager $24,000 - $65,000 High School diploma; college degree sometimes preferred Fixed base operators (FBO's)
Flight Dispatcher $25,000 - $100,000+ Dispatcher's license; college degree and experience preferred Airlines
Ground Attendant $18,000 - $32,400 High School diploma Airlines
Lineperson $8 - $15 / hr High School diploma Airports, airlines, FBO's
Ramp Planner $18,000 - $31,000 High School diploma, experience preferred Airlines
Ramp Service Personnel $8 - $15 / hr High School diploma Airlines, airports, FBO's
Safety Inspector $26,000 - $85,000 Engineering degree and / or experience as a pilot or mechanic Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Scheduling Coordinator $14,000 - $36,000 College degree preferred; experience helpful Airlines
Station Manager $12,000 - $31,000 High School diploma; experience preferred Airlines
Airline and Airport Services Air Freight / Cargo Agent $15,000 - $31,000 High School diploma, shipping experience Airlines, air freight operators
Baggage Handlers $14,500 - $31,200 High School diploma Airlines
Cargo Handlers $14,500 - $31,200 High School diploma Airlines, air freight companies
Customer Service Representative $18,000 - $31,200 High School diploma, business experience Airlines
Flight Attendant Careers Flight Attendants $23,700 - $69,000 High School diploma, special training; college preferred Airlines
Passenger Service Agent $18,000 - $31,000 High School diploma, experience helpful Airlines
Reservation Sales Agent $12,000 - $38,600 High School diploma, two years college preferred Airlines
Sky Caps $13,200 - $25,200
plus tips
High School diploma Airports, airlines
Ticket Agent $18,500 - $31,200 High School diploma, two years college preferred Airlines
Food Service Food Preparer's $9 - $13 / hr High School diploma, health certificate required Airlines, airline caterers, airports
Operations Supervisor $25,000 - $90,000 College degree in field Industry-wide
Health Services Aviation Medical Examiner $65,000 - $90,000 Medical degree Airlines, NASA, FAA, military, private practice
Flight Physician $65,000 - $90,000 Medical degree Airlines, NASA, FAA, military, private practice
Law - Related Services Accident Investigators $21,000 - $60,000 College degree, industry experience National Transportation Safety Board, FAA, Insurance companies
Aviation Attorney $16,000 - $120,000 Law degree FAA, airlines, governments, private law firms
Customs Agent $23,000 - $44,000 College degree U.S. Customs
Drug Enforcement Agents $23,000 - $60,000 College degree, special training; experience preferred Drug Enforcement Administration
Inspectors $33,640 - $70,400 High School diploma Construction companies, airport consultants, governments
Security Officers $12,000 - $24,000 High School diploma, special training Airlines, airports
Security Specialist $15,000 - $48,000 High School diploma, law enforcement experience FAA
Sky Marshal $15,000 - $65,000 High School diploma, police academy, law enforcement experience FAA
Office Professionals Administrative Assistants $10,000 - $30,000 High School diploma Industry-wide
Information Systems Specialist $20,000 - $60,000 College degree Industry-wide
Secretaries $10,000 - $30,000 High School diploma Industry-wide
Travel Agents $3.50 / hr - $36,000 High School diploma, special training Travel agencies, government
Pilot Careers Agricultural Pilot $20,000 - $70,000 High school diploma, special training, and license Agricultural operators, large farms
Air Taxi Pilot $9 - $18 / hr College Preferred Fixed base operators, air taxi operators
Air Traffic Reporting Pilot $18,000 - $40,000 College Preferred Radio & TV; traffic reporting companies
Astronaut $42,000 - $80,000 Engineering, physical science, physics, or similar advanced degree NASA
Corporate Pilot $19,400 - $115,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Companies with flight departments
Flight Instructor $12,300 - $40,530 High School diploma Flight schools
Helicopter Pilot $29,000 - $57,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Helicopter operators, corporate flight departments
Major / National Airline Pilot $23,000 - $250,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Major and National Airlines
Military Pilot $21,290 - $99,000 College degree U.S. Armed Forces
Regional Airline Pilot $16,500 - $60,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Regional Airlines
  Test Pilot $15,000 -
$200,000
College Preferred FAA, airlines, aircraft manufacturing plants, government agencies
Scientific and Technical Services Architects $22,000 - $60,000 Architecture degree Airports, architecture firms
Cartographers $16,000 - $48,000 Cartography degree NOAA, federal & state governments, private companies
Meteorologists $17,000 - $47,000 Meteorology degree; experience preferred National Weather Service, airlines, private weather companies
Technicians (Electronics, Radar, Navigation) $13,000 - $54,000 High School diploma, special training FAA, independent contractors
Scientific and Technical Services (Engineers) Aeronautical Engineers $65,000 - $94,500 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Aerospace Engineers $65,000 - $94,500 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Civil Engineers $17,000 - $54,500 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Electrical Engineers $17,000 - $54,500 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
Mechanical Engineers $17,000 - $54,500 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
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