Careers in Aviation


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Aviation Attorney

Attorneys represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. Aviation law and litigation is a specialty that assists aviation clients with transactional, regulatory, investigation, and litigation matters. Aviation attorneys often have experience in high profile aircraft accident investigations and litigation, aircraft financing and leasing, aviation regulation, and policy and business aviation issues.

(avg salary: $136,260/yr)

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Atmospheric Scientist

Atmospheric scientists, also known as meterologists, study weather and climate and how those conditions affect human activity as well as the earth. Aviation meteorology is a special application of meteorology. It is an essential element of the complex system of air traffic control because it is important for air crews to understand the implications of weather on their flight plan as well as their aircraft. Atmospheric scientists need a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science or a closely related field for most positions. Those who work in research usually need a master’s degree or a Ph.D.

(avg salary: $89,820/yr)

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Airfield Operations Specialist

Airfield operations specialists ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel, dispatching, using airfield landing and navigational aids, implementing airfield safety procedures, monitoring and maintaining flight records, and applying knowledge of weather information.

(avg salary: $51,190/yr)

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Marketing Manager

Marketing managers plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identifying potential customers. Marketing managers may also develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied and oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

(avg salary: $137,400/yr)

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Computer and Information Systems Manager

Computer and information specialists plan, direct, or coordinate activities in fields like electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

(avg salary: $136,280/yr)

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Cargo and Freight Agent

Cargo and freight agents expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals, as well as shipping docks. Cargo and freight agents may also take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform and prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.

(avg salary: $43,960/yr)

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Database Administrator

Database administrators administer, test, and implement computer databases by applying knowledge of database management systems. Database administrators may also coordinate changes to computer databases and plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

(avg salary: $82,280/yr)

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Airport Manager/Airport Administrator

Airport managers and administrators plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of airports. They are the main decision-makers and policy-makers at an airport. The airport manager is often employed by the city where the airport is located. They typically oversee all employees and departments, manage the day-to-day operations as well as conduct future airport planning. At large airports, there are many management positions each tasked with a different job. Airport administrators often have advanced degrees in public or business administration.

(avg salary: $119,460/yr)

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Ticket Agent

Tickets agents make and confirm reservations for transportation or sell tickets for transportation agencies such as airlines, bus companies, railroads and steamship lines. They may check baggage and direct passengers to the designated concourse, pier, or track; deliver tickets, contact individuals and groups to inform them of package tours; or provide tourists with travel or transportation information. Ticket agents may use timetables, airline manuals, reference guides and tariff books.

(avg salary: $36,780/yr)