shamrock137 wrote:You don't need a specific aviation related degree to succeed in the industry, even in technical areas like engineering. But in the areas you're interested, route/network planning, and operations, an engineering degree would be fine. A route analyst will need good mathematics and statistics skills, the ability to present information effectively, public speaking skills, problem solving skills and a good overall knowledge of the industry and demand cycles. You'll be looking at things such as revenue, demand forecasts, and industry specific measures such as RASM and CASM.
Operations is a pretty wide field, you have local ops staff at the airport, network ops staff in the headquarters, and even that is broken down into departments such as crew planning, maintenance planning, network controller, customer service controllers, dispatch and flight planning, weather and meteorology.
My advice would be not to worry too much about your specific degree. Pick something you'll enjoy studying, and within that you can find ways to incorporate aviation into your studies. For example if you're in a management or business class, and you're assigned a project such as develop a business plan, you could choose to develop a plan for a small airline, or an aviation related company.
Williamsb747 wrote:2. Is a mechanical engineering degree enough to get a job in aeronautics?
ps. Im good at and enjoy math and physics. I'm based in Cape Town and can't afford out of country education(damn you international student fees) if any of this helps.
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