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Florida Tech Airline Training Program

While getting your degree at Florida Tech, earn a large jet (A320 or B737) type rating in Level D Full Flight Simulators.

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Aviation Meteorology, a Career of Opportunities

Aviation meteorology is often an overlooked career, but one that offers many opportunities. Safe air travel depends not only on safe equipment but on safe weather as well. An education in aviation meteorology prepares you for a career in corporate aviation, commercial aviation and with the Federal Aviation Administration as well as other organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, www.noaa.gov). If aviation is a passion for you, then Florida Tech's world-class aviation education is the perfect preparation for a rewarding career.

Career Outlook

The Florida Tech CoA program provides a background in meteorology, aeronautical science and the physical sciences necessary to expertly address the challenges of this line of work. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Meteorology meets the requisite standards established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for employment by the federal government as a meteorologist.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. Careers such as geoscientists, hydrologists, air traffic controllers, airport managers and coordinators, can be found in the handbook.

The primary focus for someone with a degree in aviation meteorology is not limited. It prepares the graduate for work involving subjects from weather and climate around the world to flight and research. Employment of atmospheric scientists and meteorologists is projected to grow by 11 percent through 2020. New technology and computer models have vastly improved the accuracy of forecasts and give meteorologists new opportunity in private industry.

Career Options

College of Aeronautics graduates find careers as:

  • Airline pilot
  • Airline manager
  • Airport manager
  • Meteorologist in the private sector
  • Meteorologist in the public sector working for local, state, national or global organizations, including the military
  • Public policy specialists on climate change, deforestation, water resources
  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Statistician
  • Environmental scientist

Potential Employers

Graduates of Florida Tech's meteorology program have be recruited by organizations such as:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
  • U.S. Air Force (USAF)
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Private weather forecasting services

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

Graduates of the aviation meteorology program at Florida Tech are prepared to pursue advanced degrees and attend graduate schools such as:

  • Florida State University
  • Texas Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Purdue University
  • UCLA
  • University of Florida
  • University of Utah