Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
Absolutely doesn't have to be aviation related. Most airline pilots don't have degrees in aviation, and to be honest a degree in aviation won't help you much if at all.
Get a degree in something you could fall back on if aviation doesn't work out - people loose medicals, Sept 11ths happen, strikes happen, etc... A degree in aviation isn't going to do anything for you if you are trying to get a non flying job. Plus, going out and having an honest college experience is something you don't want to miss out on and something you won't get at most aviation colleges.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9148 posts, RR: 52 Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2000 times:
If you really want to stand out, you can get a degree that relates to the other side of aviation. If you work hard and get a degree in Aeronautical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, then you will really stand out. You have a career to fall back on, and it shows that you are a hard worker since engineering is a challenging discipline (although I am not trying to say that Philosophy or Communications are not challenging). Being able to walk in the door thoroughly explain how and why each of the stages of a jet engine works can impress people.
While your pilot training is still number one, an engineering degree definitely will impress as much as an aviation degree and if your pilot career doesn't work out you could always still work on airplanes from the design or manufacturing point of view.
Of course it is a lot of work. I am biased of course since I am a mechanical engineer and get to work at an aviation technologies company, but it is a good paying career. I personally love aviation, but I am only a recreational pilot because there isn't much money to be made as a pilot and who wouldn't want to work on designing parts for the 787?
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
Uvalencia From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1943 times:
I have to agree with RoseFlyer, a degree in Aeronautical Engineering can give you a competitive edge. In case things got a little difficult in getting a pilot position you can still get a job in the aviation industry, airline, airframer, engine manufacturer. I can tell you that it is really interesting understanding the nuts and bolts of airplanes and systems and also knowing how to fly them.
Since engineering jobs are generally well paid you can even complete your ratings and licences while working on a respected aerospace/aviation industry or airline and making also the right connections. I would go for an engineering degree.
I went further myself I got a B.S in Aeronautical Engineering, and a MSc in Aerospace Eng, and I am working on my licences while working for an engine manufacturer, I already got the Private. So go for it. It is the adventure of a lifetime.
ZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 599 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1845 times:
Quoting RJ111 (Reply 5): I've always fancied being a pilot (who doesn't). Can't afford to get the initial liscense though. Do airlines still sponsor you? I've checked on BA and VS but they require some experience.
I dont know of any airlines that still sponsor you to get through training. Theres many, many people out there looking to become pilots. Airlines can be selective and choose who they want these days. Theres no longer a need to pay people to become trained.
I could be talking out of my as* here though; Im only speaking from what I know here in the US. The UK, allthough I really doubt it, could be completely different.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1552 posts, RR: 24 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
I have a 4 year degree on Architecture,but I am flying on the major airlines for the last 6 years.Although my major has nothing to do with airline flying my countries' regulations require a 4 year degree for ATPL licence and you need an ATPL to upgrade to Captain position.
As a result you have to be a university graduate to fly in the airlines.
PGV From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1810 times:
Quoting ZOTAN (Reply 7): I could be talking out of my as* here though; Im only speaking from what I know here in the US.
I've never heard of this either. I'm with Uvalencia though...go get a nice aeronautical-related engineering degree. If things don't work out, you'll still have something to fall back on keeping you close to the industry or technology.
RJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1717 times:
You're right CX and MH are recruiting and they're (MH) offering full sponsorship which you pay back via a salary cut over the first 15 years of your career. Shame i'm not Malaysian or Chinese, although my dad is moving to Kuala Lumpur soon.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3492 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1521 times:
BS in Aviation...
And I am now a Journalism Graduate Student. ha.
I also have a BA in Communication, but thats besides the point. Fact is, you can get a degree in just about anything you want and get on with an airline, as long as you have the necessary flight hour minimums.