BA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2161 posts, RR: 8 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3396 times:
Im looking for advice on what to do as an aviation-related career. I would love to be a pilot, but to be honest I'd rather do something that gets me involved with operations in and around the airport, but at the same time earning a decent wage.
I also need to consider something in which i could implement my photographic passion along with my job.
LH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2300 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3374 times:
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ATC .. here in germany (And alsow with eurocontrol) ATC controllers earn nearly as much as pilots do! Sure it's no job that allows you to spread your personality, also it will become dull with the time, and mind the stress fatctor!.
Or what about flight dispatcher? Lower average pay at a little more interesting job.
Believe me, your "job-wants" will change every year and when you graduate from high-school it might have changed for something completely different, so don't focus on it to much yet! I experienced the same! I applied for an ATC controller (I thought "yes, lot's of money at a cool aviation job") but I failed after 90% of all tests and I though a world would break down for me. Now I completely amde up my mind and I'm glad that I hadn't to live a life in a tower or in front of a screen being one of many doing a dull job that just doesn't satisfys me when I'm older! Sure there is the money aspect, but what to do with lotsa money when the stress of your job extends to yoru freetime and you yust don't have fun at your job after some 10+ years? Now I'm at university and enjoy what I do, I'm glad that I'm not ellected for ATC-controller, but rather I can reach for "higher aims" now.
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BA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2161 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3361 times:
In a career-matching excersise, i was given a ATC controller, then Photographer, so i would like to mix a job with photo oppourtunities with something that i earn a decent wage on. Anyone got suggetions w/ estimates of pay please?
Lymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1137 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3346 times:
Seriously, maybe not for a career, but take a year off school and give it a try. You'll get to know the industry much better and get a better idea of where you'd like to fit in. Maybe after a year of F/Aing, you'll want to join the men and women in the sharp end, doing the flying. Or maybe you'll be so sick of line flying, you'll want to challenge yourself in a 9 to 5 job in marketing or accounting. Or perhaps you'll be sick of working for an airline and decide to join the airport management side. Not interested in just managing an airport? Work for the CAA and manage the country's airport systems from a regulatory point of view.
As you can see, there are a gazillion types of jobs in the aviation industry. At your age, you can choose any one of them.
Koopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
If you're the technical type, you can go to the university and earn a degree in either aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineering. Then apply to an airline (when things get better) as an aircraft engineer. You earn a decent wage and get to be around airplanes all the time, so much that you become sick of it
You get to learn about aircraft systems in depth, and get to interact with not only your airline's many departments (flight, marketing, maintenance, product developement, etc.) but many aspect of the airline industry as a whole (FAA, Boeing and/or Airbus, and component vendors). If you like aviation, you'll find this career very rewarding. You get the best of all worlds.
Koopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
I don't think you'd want to be a flight scheduler...the wage may be a little low. If you like flight planning, I'd recommend getting a business degree with an aviation emphasis. Then, you can work at an airline's marketing department planning new routes, etc. Then get your MBA and become a manager.