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Prepare for Careers in Aeronautics
Commercial Pilot, Safety Expert and Air Traffic Controller Are a Few Options
Between expert instructors, internship opportunities, an engaged alumni network and a Career Management Services office, Florida Tech graduates are well prepared for a number of careers in aeronautics. An aeronautical science degree opens up career paths such as airport manager, aviation safety expert, air traffic control and airline manager, and more.
A degree in aeronautical science gives the graduate a set of skills applicable to many different careers, particularly those that place a premium on technical competencies.
Certain careers, such as airline and commercial pilots, are projected to grow 11 percent through 2020 as growth in world travel increases and many pilots are expected to retire, as projected by the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job opportunities will be highest among passenger and cargo airline companies with the best job prospects being regional airlines and low-cost carriers.
Jobs in air traffic control will rise as today's air traffic control workforce retires over the next decade. While there will be an increasing number of job openings, competition for the FAA Academy will remain high. Job opportunities will demand that applicants obtain an air traffic control degree from a FAA certified school.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including, entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects. Careers in aeronautics such as air traffic control and aviation mechanics are expected to stay stable. Check the handbook on the outlook for careers in the aeronautics.
Careers in aeronautics include such jobs as:
- Flight engineer
- Aircraft technician
- Aviation and aeronautic design
- Aviation and aeronautic maintenance (repair and perform scheduled maintenance and conduct inspections as required by the FAA)
- Air traffic controller
- Non-jet military pilot
- Defense industry design (e.g., "smart" weapons")
- Research and development (e.g., space suits, jet fuels, space communication systems)
Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates
Employers offering careers in aeronautics to Florida Tech graduates include:
- Major or Regional Airlines
- Federal Department of Transportation
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
- Aviation-related companies (Harris Corp., Velocity Aircraft, Government)