Aviationbuff08 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 346 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2089 times:
I am a big aviation enthusiast and would like a career in aviation. I am currently looking into either a Dispatcher or an Air traffic controller. I have noticed that there are a lot of aviation professionals on this site and figured this is a good place to start looking for advice. I am also interested in any aviation related career so feel free to tell me about your job if you enjoy it.
Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1060 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
Quoting FuturePilot16 (Reply 1): Go ATC, they make money, if you can handle the stress of a couple thousand lives in your hand every day. You might also try flight attendant, not a bad job just on your feet a lot.
Read the recent article in GQ before you go into ATC.
DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
Dispatchers are a rather well-paid and well-respected group of people, who are airline employees, compared with ATC, and being airline employees have unusually good staff travel priveleges. They get the normal staff travel privileges, plus also the ability to jumpseat. Jumpseating is only available to flight crew and dispatchers. If you are thinking of this direction, it's a good one to take.
Cush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1950 times:
I only have one bit of advice for you AviationBuff08.... The airline industry is a drug. Once you start working in it you never want to leave. It is the best business you can ever get into. I have worked in every industry you can think of and always find myself coming back to the airline business... However, there is one thing you need to keep in mind and accept before you start working and that is "Stability". You could lose your job at any time and you need to accept that. I have worked for 3 airlines and lost my job with each of them due to cutbacks and unstability in the industry. The benefits and excitment from the job make it worth it each time! However, im sure all of us airline guys can say one thing (with the exception of pilots and execs) is that we don't work for the 'good' pay. hahahahah.... Its the lack thereof.
Flyby519 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 986 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
I agree with the previous post, go for ATC. Government benefits, job security, great pay, home every night. I know several pilots who recently left flying to go into ATC and they love it. People say it is a stressful job, but what job doesn't have stress now and then? If you enjoy aviation you will enjoy the job. Also, there has been a big shortage of controllers recently, with hiring directly off the street with no prior aviation background. Definitely worth looking into.
Fxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7083 posts, RR: 89 Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1929 times:
FAA was hiring new controllers several months ago. My cousin finished school and this past Monday started at his post in TRACON. It's all about working holidays and overtime if you want to make some green being a controller. As stated above, the article in GQ is worth a read. A bit glamorized, but nonetheless gives perspective. See www.payscale.com for salary expectations.
LHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
Aviation Career Advice - try IT, medicine, butcher, baker, candlestick maker, news reader, actor, racing driver, etc etc...
All said tongue-in-cheek, of course.
Honestly, I've worked in the industry since 1990. I've left it twice to work in IT, but each time, I just didn't enjoy it and longed to be back at the airport, playing with Boeing's and Airbuses. It gets in your blood.
Things are a bit different in the UK, for example, a 'Dispatcher' in the UK is quite different to a 'Dispatcher' in the US. Certification exists in the US, for a start. I've been a Dispatcher in the UK, but didn't get jumpseat privileges. I've also been a Load Controller, which I really enjoyed. Now I work in a supervisory role at a U.S. major at LHR. I absolutely love it.
Jambo From Tanzania, joined Dec 2004, 247 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1748 times:
well, my dad was an aviation enthusiast and so am i. He started to work for an airline after high school and was quite interested. He has been in the industry for more than 40 years and is still working (although now has his own business). He loves everybit of it.
I am still young hoping to start my carreer in the aviation industry soon.
I can tell you one thing- IF YOU HAVE THE INTEREST AND DEDICATION, you will climb ranks in this industry.
B6MoneyGuyJFK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1595 times:
A career in aviation often means making lower wages, working odd hours, working weekends and holidays. And (If you work on the ramp) you may have to work in blistering heat or numbing cold. You will be sad to see co-workers leave, but be happy to get that bump up in seniority.
BUT.. despite all that, If you love planes, and the industry, it wont matter. You'll be happier than most of your friends, because you'll be working with what you love..
And, of course, if you work for an airline, there are those flight benefits. So that when you take a well deserved vacation, you ma bey able to fly to some far flung corner of the globe. Or maybe get a seat up front, Or maybe just fly to the beach on your day off..
Its an amazing industry. Consider myself lucky to be working in it.
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Chase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1572 times:
I was a computer programmer for an airline that is no longer in business. Initially I worked on backend applications (i.e. stuff the customer never saw) and later worked on the airline's website. It was a ton of fun.
Pros of my job: Free travel, get to think about airplanes and travel all day, get to work near the airport and therefore spot on lunch break, skills were transferrable to companies in other industries (i.e. I left before the bankruptcy to go work at a bank, and programmed in the same languages. Now I work for a company that makes telephone software, and again use the exact same languages. ATC, F/A, etc. involve mostly skills that are unique to those positions)
Cons of my job: Pay was worse than for the average computer programmer, by maybe 10-20%. Then came the across the board 5% pay cuts.
Since my dad and uncle also worked for airlines, I was fortunate enough to be able to fly standby for free for almost all of the first 30 years of my life. It's still nice, but your odds of making the flight are generally much worse today than they were 20 years ago.