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Aerospace Schools

 Aerospace schools offer a unique blend of aeronautical and space science, flight training programs, management, operations, and policy. Areas of study range from space station, satellite, and spacecraft operations to astronomy and space exploration. Aerospace school Study programs provide the foundational work and knowledge students need in order to succeed within a broad range of careers including occupations at NASA, the U.S. intelligence community, on active duty in the military, and working in education.

What is aviation / flight training?

The aviation industry is a multifaceted, dynamic career field that involves the interaction with, management of, and operation of aircraft. With the extensive career opportunities that exist within the aviation industry, there are many undergraduate programs for students to choose from. Regardless of whether a student majors in commercial aviation, aviation management or air traffic control their degree program will include studies that involve aviation safety, aviation law, business management and aircraft operations. In addition to seeking a job position flying for an airline or corporate flight department, you can obtain employment in areas such as managing an airport, air traffic control, working in aviation for many government agencies or operating aviation related businesses.

What kinds of students major in aviation / flight training?

Many Aviation careers require at least a bachelor degree in aviation science, civil aviation or a related field, with courses in aerodynamics, aircraft systems, navigation, human factors, aviation management, aviation law, air transportation and aviation safety.

Is aviation / flight training the right major for you?

Take the MyMajors Quiz and find out if it is one of your top recommended majors!

What courses do aviation / flight training majors take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Aviation / Flight Training majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Transportation
  • Airport Operations
  • Aviation
  • Aviation Safety
  • Business
  • Flight Physiology 

List of potential jobs in aviation / flight training:

These professions and professional organizations illustrate the types of positions you might qualify for if you complete this major. Some majors are more directly related to employment than others, however. You should consider the likelihood of employment after graduation carefully, if you do not plan to go on for graduate work in a field. Even with the completion of graduate work in some fields, however, employment is difficult, so you should determine what the prospects are for this or any major. Employment possibilities are often enhanced by the selecting employment-related courses and by the enrollment in second major or in a minor.

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aircraft Sales/Marketing
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aircraft Sales/Marketing
  • Airline Management
  • Airline Pilot
  • Airport Manager
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Flight Service Station Specialist
  • Unmanned Aircraft Pilot

Links to a sampling of aerospace schools in this learning module:

Parks College
Embry-Riddle
Spartan College of Aeronautics
National Aviation Academy
Aviation Institute of Maintenance Schools
UND aviation Program

Links to more information:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Courtesy: MyMajors.com, National Aviation Academy, Aviation Inst. Of Maintenance Schools, Embry-Riddle, Parks College, and Spartan College of Aeronautics

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