Featured Careers - Aviation


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Avionics Technician

Avionics technicians install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.

(avg salary: $56,910/yr)

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Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assembler

Assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

(avg salary: $48,340/yr)

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Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician

Mechanics and technicians diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. This career options includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.

(avg salary: $56,990/yr)

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Airline Pilot, Copilot, and Flight Engineer

Pilots and engineers pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. This professional careers requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. This career option includes regional, national, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

(avg salary: $118,140/yr)

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Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisor

Cargo handling supervisors coordinate the activities of ground crew in the loading, unloading, securing, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. They may also determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute aircraft center of gravity. They may accompany the aircraft as a member of the crew and monitor and handle cargo in flight, and assist and brief passengers on safety and emergency procedures. This career option includes loadmasters.

(avg salary: $47,760/yr)

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Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. They may also conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. They may also recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

(avg salary: $105,380/yr)

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Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart.

(avg salary: $122,530/yr)

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Flight Attendant

Flight attendants provide personal services to ensure the safety and comfort of airline passengers.

(avg salary: $37,240/yr)