With the skies above there are so many endless possibilities. Aviation brings forth so many career options and wonderful opportunities. A lot of times when people look at the aviation industry they only think of pilots and flight attendants. There is so much more than that.
Aviation is arguably the best industry in the world. There are multiple arguments to that, but this blog post is about the different options that a person can take throughout the industry. Just recently I was able to attend an aviation career fair. If I have to be honest, it was one of the best things I have done. If you are interested in a career in aviation, I highly recommend going to career fairs, flight school events, as well as conventions. These are the best ways that someone can explore and gain information. These events are highly informational. I was able to chat with several flight schools and gather their inputs on both flight training and the industry. As far as that goes, it is always important to know what you are getting into.
There is a very high demand for pilots right now. Whether that is corporate pilots, commercial pilots, and even cargo pilots, they are all needed. The peak of pilot retirement is predicted to happen within the next two years. With that being said, there needs to be enough pilots to replace the retirees. The industry needs pilots, and it needs to be fast. Pilots have the special privilege of flying the plane through the skies. Coming from someone who will be a future female pilot, I highly encourage exploring the route of becoming a pilot. There are not really any limits of how far you can go as a pilot. There are corporate pilots, military pilots, search and rescue pilots, bush pilots, cargo pilots, commercial airline pilots, helicopter pilots, air med pilots, and even glider pilots. Drone pilots are another job that is necessary within the aviation community.
Without air traffic controllers there would not be any flights going in and out of large airports. These skilled individuals must be able to track flight and give orders to pilots. I could hardly imagine the sunsets and sunrises from the tower. Air traffic controllers are needed to help keep traffic at bay. It is easy to think of ATC as a redlight on a road. Safety is a top priority in the aviation community. If you want to become an ATC I highly recommend talking and interviewing an air traffic controller. The trick to finding what you want to do in life is to do research, talk to others, and get to know the career. It is highly important to understand what a person does in a career before pursuing it.
Aviation maintenance technicians are a much needed career that keeps pilots flying. Without AMTs the freedom of flight would cease to exist. These men and women are what keeps planes and helicopters in the air. Along with the pilot shortages, there is also a shortage of AMTs. In order to keep aviation and flying in full swing we all need more AMTs. I highly encourage you to talk to local universities and colleges so that you can get more information. I know that my local colleges have 18 month AMT programs. This is an essential part that keeps pilots flying. If you enjoy fixing things, this may be an option for you.
Flight attendant is another route that someone can take in the aviation world. These men and women help with the cabin, passengers, and pilots throughout the whole flight. The importance of flight attendants is huge. Without flight attendants there would be no snacks and drinks aboard the flight. They also help the pilots fly safely throughout the sky. This is always so important to think about. Aviation is not just all about the action of flying, but rather, it is about service, action, and integrity.
Those are really only a short few options within the aviation industry. Behind the scenes there are also engineers, aerospace personnel, as well as airfield operators. Everyone has their own responsibility within the industry that keeps it working. I am so excited to be able to go into this industry as a pilot. With me being a future female pilot, I cannot wait to learn new things, get up in the air, and fly high. Personally I feel so overjoyed to be welcomed into this industry. I feel so happy and proud to be a future pilot.
If aviation intrigues you I highly encourage talking, exploring, and making an effort to understand the opportunities that lie within. There are really no right or wrong ways to choose a career in the industry. It is always so important to explore a little before making the final curtain call decision. This industry is the most rewarding of all time. I assure you that there will be something that intrigues you here. Aviation is a home for everyone.
My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.