Aviation Careers

If you’ve always dreamed of flying for a living, then an aviation degree is perfect for you. There are over 600 FAA-certified aviation schools across the country, many of the best right at your fingertips. To qualify for your FAA-certified degree, you must have at least 250 hours of flight experience. Those who earn an aviation degree most frequently become pilots, but the opportunities go far beyond commercial airlines and private planes.

Employment Opportunities

Aviation professionals have a variety of career opportunities available to them, including:

  • Commercial pilot
  • Flight engineer
  • Test pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Charter pilot


Aviation professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Knowledge of new technology
  • Basic engineering knowledge
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Physical and mental alertness

Industry Spotlight

The best areas to utilize aviation degrees are regional airlines, low-cost airlines and air cargo carriers. Many pilots “freelance” for local government as well, helping with rescue missions, monitoring traffic, inspecting pipelines and aiding reforestation. Pilots looking for positions within major airlines face stiff competition against pilots with more flying hours and those with military experience.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008