Careers in Aeronautics
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Careers in Aeronautics
Between expert instructors, real-world relevant internship opportunities, an engaged alumni network and an excellent Career Management Services office, graduates are well prepared for any number of careers in aeronautics. A degree in aeronautical science opens up many career paths that include such jobs as airport manager, aviation safety expert, air traffic control and airline manager, to name a few.
A degree in aeronautical science means the graduate has a set of skills applicable to many professions that place a premium on technical competencies. Potential for careers in aeronautics, specifically as airline and commercial pilots, is projected to grow 11 percent through 2020, as projections for growth in world travel increases, and pilots retire in the coming decade. Job opportunities will be spread among passenger and cargo airline companies.
Jobs in air traffic control will be in good supply as a result of today's air traffic control workforce retiring over the next decade. While there will be an increasing number of job openings, competition for entrance into the FAA Academy will remain high. Job opportunities will demand that applicants obtain an air traffic control degree from an FAA-certified school.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides specific information about jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. Check the handbook on the outlook for careers in aeronautics.
Careers in aeronautics include jobs such 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
- Defense industry design (e.g., "smart" weapons")
- Research and development (e.g., space suits, jet fuels, space communication systems)
- Bio-medicine (development of limb and joint prosthetics using nano-materials)
Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates
- Major or regional airline including American, Sky West, Express Jet
- Aviation-related companies such as Harris Corp. and Velocity Aircraft Government
- Agencies including NTSB accident investigator, FAA Air Traffic Controller