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What To Do For An Aviation-related Career  
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

Hey Guys,

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.

Any suggestions are very welcome


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User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

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.


Trittst im Morgenrot daher, seh ich dich im Strahlenmeer ...
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4142 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?

Anyway, time for lunch here @ school


User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

Flight Attendant!

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.

buhh bye
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4103 times:

Thanks guys, what you've said is 100% true, the hard bit is gettin into the industry at the start, esp. now for obvious reasons.

What could i do that gets me involved around a/c (photo ops here  Wink/being sarcastic), and would keep me happy from the financial side?


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Once I turn 18 im going to apply with all the airlines in SLC to try and become a ramper. I think that would be an awesome job getting to be around all the jets and get paid at the same time.

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4032 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  Smile

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.

Good luck.


User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4008 times:

Thanks Koopas, i was thinking about being one of those people that 1 minute is workin at customer services, and the other is flight planning and dispatching etc - title?

What about a flight planner, bet thats a rubbish wage though


User currently offlineKoopas From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3954 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.

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