Do you need a degree in aviation?


Almost every new aviation degree emerging in the industry is followed by heated discussions whether it is truly useful or just a new fad. However, in most cases despite the potential pros and cons highlighted by public media the facts speak for themselves. With the looming global demand for pilots, the demand for aviation personnel grows along.

According to the Boeing Outlook 2012-2031, global aviation industry will continue to rapidly grow – approximately one million new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians, including 460,000 new commercial airline pilots and 601,000 maintenance technicians will be required by 2031.

According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, ‘few of the major airlines require a college degree for employment, but in the past several years, more than 95 percent of the pilots hired have at least a four-year college degree.’ As Scott Spangler has once stated in his article about a carrier in aviation, ‘aviation professionals are not born, they are educated.’

Job options in the aviation industry

The topic of a career in the aviation industry covers way more than a carrier of a pilot. We could rather say that ‘the sky is the limit’ in this case. Many different disciplines may be chosen in the aviation industry, such as aeronautical engineering, aerospace medicine, air traffic control, airway design, aviation education, aviation law, aviation safety, avionics, computer science, flight dispatch, human factors, maintenance, management, meteorology, sales and many more. As you can see there are many positions that can fit a variety of skills and abilities in the tremendous choice of professions in the aviation industry.
According to the results accumulated by PayScale, a salary and career database, here are some of the most popular aviation industry professions and their average annual salaries:

Job Title
Median Annual salary
Director of Aerospace Program Management $ 151,000
Airline Pilot, Co-pilot or Flight Engineer $ 117,000
Aerospace Projector Engineer $ 82,000
Aircraft Maintenance Manager $ 74,200
Air Traffic Controller $ 62,500
Airplane Inspector $ 60,600
Aircraft Loadmaster $ 40,900
Air export Agent $ 38,600
Airline/ Aviation Attendant $ 35,800
Source: by Bridget Quigg

While considering a degree in aviation in order to work as a pilot, we invite you to think about the cases when a pilot career may not be something you are interested in pursuing anymore. For instance, some personal reasons or even medical issues may prevent you from working as a pilot even after landing a fancy degree. Needless to say, you must carefully weigh the decision to invest your time and money into something that you might never truly get the opportunity to use.

Aviation Management degree

A common aviation management degree program provides a comprehensive background in aviation studies, management and business, which is appropriate to those willing to develop their careers in air transportation, air commerce, airport planning and management, and aircraft sales and insurance.

Recently Baltic Aviation Academy in cooperation with Kazimieras Simonavicius University has prepared a study program entitled Aviation Management. All graduates of the Aviation Management program, approved by the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, will receive a PPL or CPL certificate (depending on which license type they choose) and a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. The first group of students will already start their studies this September and the application process will commence in April. For more information please visit: Joint studies of pilot license and aviation management bachelor

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