Maintenance

Aviation maintenance positions are for the mechanical and technician worker. Some of the opportunities included are inspectors, sheet metal, interior instructors, fuel tank mechanics, avionics technicians, structures and composites technicians. A maintenance worker or technician who graduated from an Aviation Maintenance Technician school will usually earn more than those who haven’t.

A&P Maintenance

A&P Maintenance are a big majority of the maintenance required for a civilian aircraft. A&P Maintenance is a mixture of airframe and power plant mechanics that work on all parts of the aircraft with the exception of the instruments. This field is expected to have many openings after considering the expected job growth and the decreasing number of people in the field. Applying with the smaller companies will typically render more beneficially, along the lines of employment, then with the major airlines.

Engineering

Aviation Engineering are positions that deal with aircraft structures, avionics, interiors, and electrical systems. People in this position may earn roughly $92,000 annually. The best opportunities to enter in this field are with companies that offer engineering and design services to manufacturers.

Aviation Sales & Marketing

This field is extremely competitive. However, the average sales manager earns about $97,000 annually and the average marketing manager earns about &108,000. Typical requirements include Bachelor or Master’s Degree in business, marketing, and aviation experience.

Avionics

Avionic technicians hold the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the aircraft’s electrical systems. They roughly earn about $50,000 annually. The highest paying industry is scheduled air transportation. However, aero product and parts manufacturing hire the most workers. Certified avionic technicians that are able to do some of the work of an A&P mechanic should have the best opportunities of all the mechanic positions. Top paying states are Connecticut, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Contract

Contract aviation jobs include technical positions, pilot jobs and contract mechanic jobs. Contract jobs are usually for a few months or less.

Corporate

Some of the corporate aviation jobs include corporate pilots, aviation mechanic, and flight attendant. Their salaries range roughly from $56,000 to $105,000. The cities with the highest salaries are Detroit, Savannah, and Milwaukee.

One of my great joys in life is being a pilot. There is a great sense of freedom in soaring through the sky. You get a different perspective up there. Seeing things that aren’t so apparent from the ground.

Sonny Perdue

Government

Government aviation jobs have a huge range of positions with federal and state agencies including FAA, NTSB, and Homeland Security. Government aviation jobs include engineers, flight test pilots, and safety inspectors.

Helicopters

Helicopter jobs include many positions: pilots, flight instructors, technical writers, quality inspectors.

Management and Executive

Management and executive aviation positions are located in all divisions of aviation. However, these jobs only make up a little over 5% of the available positions.

Military

With a military aviation job, the employer is a military branch or a private military contractor that works with the Department of Defense. Jobs with private military contractors are expected to grow due to the military tending to try the non-combative alternative and their need for technology.

Pilot and Flight Crew

Pilots are some of the highest earners in the country. Pilots in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. They earn roughly $117,000 annually. Flight attendants and the cabin crew earn about $43,000 yearly.