Aviation Career Overviews

Aviation offers many varied exciting and rewarding opportunities.

These pages provide information that is useful in making career decisions.

Entry level positions with an airline, cover a wide variety of operations and duties. Most of these positions involve extensive customer service contact requiring strong interpersonal and communication skills. No previous experience is required, although you may be required to work evening or early-morning hours, adhere to a strict physical appearance, and lift heavy objects. Entry level positions such as Pilot, or Mechanic require special licenses issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and/or specific previous work experience. Specific hiring requirements for these positions may also be obtained by viewing the job posting details or contacting the specific airline.

To eliminate any confusion, all positions are regarded as customer service positions. Every second an airline employee spends with a passenger or potential passenger is critical. Most passengers choose their airline based on the quality of service received. Passengers may never see you, but they will remember their telephone conversation, the comfort of their flight, and the way their baggage arrived; safely, timely at the correct destination. They will thank you by flying your airline over and over again.


Engineer - Aerospace Engineer

Aircraft Manufacturing

Aerospace Workers - Aerospace Manufacturing and Assembly
Technician - Airframe Equipment and Engine Assembly
Scientist - Aeronautical and Astronautical Systems Design


Aviation Maintenance - Aircraft Mechanic (A&P) Non-Flying - Administrative Personnel
Non-Flying - Air Cargo Handler Non-Flying - Air Freight Agent
Non-Flying - Aircraft Fueler Non-Flying - Baggage Handler, Ground or Station Attendant
Non-Flying - Cabin Maintenance Mechanic Non-Flying - Cabin Serviceperson
Non-Flying - District Sales Manager Non-Flying - Driver
Non-Flying - Engineer Non-Flying - Flight Dispatcher
Non-Flying - Food Service Personnel Non-Flying - Ground Attendant
Non-Flying - GSE Mechanic Non-Flying - Instructor
Non-Flying - Meteorologist Non-Flying - Passenger Service Agent
Non-Flying - Professional Personnel Non-Flying - Ramp Planner
Non-Flying - Ramp Service Personnel Non-Flying - Reservation Sales Agent
Non-Flying - Sales Representative Non-Flying - Schedule Coordinator
Non-Flying - Sky Cap Non-Flying - Station Agent
Non-flying - Station Manager Non-Flying - Teletypist
Non-Flying - Ticket Agent


Assistant Airport Manager - Airport Management Director or Manager - Airport Operations
Engineer - Airport Engineer Fixed Based Operator - Airport FBO
Fixed Based Operator - Line Person Safety Personnel - Airport Safety and Security
Service Person - Airport Maintenance Terminal Concessionaire - Airport Terminal

Federal Government

FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist
   - Air Route Traffic Control Center
FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist
   - Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT)
FAA Air Traffic Control Specialist - Flight Service Station FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - Airworthiness
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - GS-5/15 FAA Aviation Safety Inspector - Manufacturing
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector
   - Operations
FAA Electronics Technician
   - Airspace System Inspection 2
FAA Electronics Technician - Federal Aviation FAA Engineer - Federal Aviation Engineering
FAA Engineering Aid or Technician
   - FAA Engineering Aid or Technician
FAA Maintenance Mechanic
   - Maintenance and Mechanic
FAA Other Professional Employees
   - Civil Aeronautics Board
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
   - Accident Investigator
National Weather Service
   - Meteorologist and Meteorological Technician
   - Airspace System Inspection
Pilot - FAA Flight Test Pilot US Military Service Careers - Civilian
US Military Service Careers - Military

In Flight

Commercial Airplane or Helicopter Pilot - Commercial Flying Flight Attendant - Airline Flight Attendant
Flight Attendant - Corporate Flight Attendant Pilot - Agricultural Pilot
Pilot - Air Taxi or Charter Pilot Pilot - Airline Captain
Pilot - Copilot or First Officer Pilot - Corporate Pilot
Pilot - Ferry Pilot Pilot - Flight Engineer or Second Officer
Pilot - Flight Instructor Pilot - Helicopter Pilot
Pilot - Patrol Pilot Pilot - Test Pilot

State Government

Aviation Careers - Aeronautics Department or Commission

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