Professionals in aeronautics and aviation are always in high demand. This is one of the few career paths that has consistent job stability along with great pay and excellent benefits. Careers in aeronautics come in a wide variety jobs with opportunities in all 50 states and across the globe!
Earn your associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in aeronautics and aviation and get started on your high-flying (and high earning) career!
Jobs in Aeronautics and Aviation
With all branches of the military having aviation components, many veterans will already have a great deal of experience and knowledge. For those on the aviation side of the armed services, a transition into a second career in aeronautics is an excellent fit. For those less familiar with these fields, an introduction into aeronautics and the variety of careers available is an excellent choice.
To be clear, by definition aviation is the making and flying of aircraft while aeronautics studies the design, mathematics, construction, and other mechanics of aircraft (including all flight capable machines capable of operating in the Earth’s atmosphere). Many times, the terms are used interchangeably. Keep in mind that for most in pursuit of an aviation degree and job, flying aircraft is always a top priority.
Popular Jobs in Aeronautics and Aviation
Air Traffic Controller
Aircraft Cargo Supervisor
Associate Degree in Aeronautics and Aviation
There are a variety of great programs from accredited institutions to earn an associate degree in aeronautics.
Campus-based and online programs are available for what is typically a 2 year/60-unit course of study.
Don’t forget to transfer in your military experience and knowledge! Factors such as ACE credits, CLEP and DSST assessment results will impact your choice of programs. Don’t be shy about shopping around for the program that will offer you the most transfer units. This will lighten your required course load and maximize your GI Bill benefits.
Associate degree recipients will get an introduction to the multidisciplinary field of aeronautics. In addition, students will be able to tailor their studies to particular interests and career goals.
Jobs with an Associate Degree in Aeronautics and Aviation:
Aircraft Mechanic: Technician responsible for aircraft repairs, preventative, and routine maintenance. Average Annual Salary: $50,000
Avionics Technician: Responsible for repairs, preventative and routine maintenance of aircraft electronics. Average Annual Salary: $50,000
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisor: Supervises the ground crew in the loading, unloading, and staging of aircraft cargo. Average Annual Salary: $58,000
Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics and Aviation
A bachelor’s degree is a cornerstone for a fantastic career in aeronautics. A degree in the aeronautical sciences provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills needed for career entry and advancement. Bachelor’s degree concentrations are varied, and a student’s studies can be aligned with their desired career path. Some degree concentrations and career paths include:
Aeronautical Science for future pilots
Aeronautical Engineering for aircraft design and construction
Aviation Mechanic Sciences for skills and management
Air Traffic Control
A Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics and Aviation can be found with online schools or traditional brick mortar institutions.
It can take 2-4 years to complete, depending on the program (such as accelerated or traditional) and depending on how many credits you are able to transfer in (such as from an associate degree).
Remember to Transfer In Credits
Once again, it is important to transfer in as many credits as possible from your military experience and tests as well as from any previous schooling. Transferring in the maximum number of credits possible will lessen the amount of schooling remaining while maximizing your GI Bill.
Choosing a bachelor’s program that also has a strong job placement and/or internship component is a helpful attribute to secure employment. Many times this can even be accomplished before graduation.
Don’t forget, if a pilot’s license is a goal consider institutions that have a well-established flight center and pilot program such as:
Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.