Aviation Schools & Colleges

Aviation SchoolsAviation schools can do more than train you for one of the world's most appealing industries. They can also inspire your imagination in a way that helps you recognize and achieve your full potential. In fact, as you learn about the aircraft, technologies, and procedures that enable people to take flight, you can develop skills that are incredibly marketable.

It all starts with the kind of fun yet practical education that engages your mind as well as your hands. For example, aviation mechanic schools usually give students the chance to work on real airplane engines or avionics equipment. It's why getting your airframe and powerplant training can be such an interesting process. And it's why preparing for any other type of aviation career is often equally as compelling—whether it's learning how to pilot a plane or studying how to carry out reliable dispatch services.

So start working on your plans for a successful and satisfying future. Discover an aviation school by looking below, or pinpoint one near you by searching with your zip code right now!

5 Career Areas in Aviation and Aerospace That Offer Big Opportunity



Featured Schools

San Joaquin Valley College

  • Fresno, California
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology


National Aviation Academy

  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • New England, Massachusetts
  • Aviation Maintenance Certification
  • Aviation Maintenance Professional
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Avionics Technology


Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Aviation Electronics Technology
  • Aviation Flight - Professional Pilots
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology (A&P)
  • Aviation Technology Management
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Quality Control


Redstone College

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Airframe and Powerplant
  • Avionics



5 Career Areas in Aviation and Aerospace That Offer Big Opportunity

The aviation industry allows millions of skilled workers to enjoy exciting yet reliable careers. In fact, worldwide, this sector directly employed 8.7 million people in 2013 while generating more than $600 billion of GDP. And by 2026, that number could grow to $1 trillion.*

Every year, more people travel by air and more goods are shipped by plane. Between 2014 and 2034, airplane-passenger traffic is expected to rise by 4.9 percent per year. And cargo traffic is predicted to increase by 4.7 percent per year.**

This all means that going after an aviation career can really pay off. These five areas of the industry are especially promising:

1. Aviation and Avionics Maintenance

Aircraft MechanicBeing an aircraft mechanic or avionics technician can be exhilarating. Every day, you get to work on some of the most advanced and fascinating technologies ever created—from airplane engines and assemblies to radar and navigation systems. And you get to help ensure that people travel the skies safely.

Plus, check this out: At the global level, 609,000 new aircraft maintenance technicians will be needed by 2034—about 113,000 of them in North America alone.** And the pay can be very good. For instance, in 2015, the median annual wage for U.S. aircraft mechanics was $58,370, with some technicians earning above $89,050.*** The numbers were very similar for those who repair and maintain avionics equipment.

2. Air Traffic Control and Dispatching

Safety is the number one priority in the aviation industry. And efficiency isn't far behind. That's why the sector relies on professionals who are well-trained in logistics, flight coordination, and dispatching. In 2015, the median annual pay for U.S. air traffic controllers was $122,950. And for airfield operations specialists—people who help ensure safe takeoffs and landings—the median pay was $51,880, with some experienced dispatchers earning more than $95,330.***

3. Piloting and In-Flight Services

Pilot TrainingDo you imagine yourself working as a pilot one day? With the proper flight training, you can make great progress in achieving that vision. Many of today's pilots will be retiring in the coming years, creating opportunities for people like you. In fact, by 2034, 558,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed across the world.** And the pay is often very good. In 2015, the median salary for such pilots was $117,290 in the U.S.***

But pilots aren't the only ones who get to work in the sky. Globally, more than 36 million commercial flights are conducted each year.**** And most of them have a lot of passengers on board. So becoming a flight attendant could be another appealing option.

4. Airport and Airline Management and Services

Worldwide, more than 3,800 airports and nearly 1,400 commercial airlines rely on ground crews and other workers who understand aviation fundamentals related to security, safety, flight operations, industry regulations, and other areas.**** From gate agents to cargo handlers to airport managers, the variety of career possibilities in this area is truly expansive.

5. Weather Science and Aerospace Engineering

Aviation is greatly impacted by what's happening with the weather. So meteorologists provide a crucial service that helps airlines and individual pilots plan for rough skies or avoid trouble. And when it comes to the design and testing of aircraft and space vehicles, you can't ignore the contributions of aerospace engineers. In 2015, the median salary for engineers in this field was $107,830.***



* Air Transport Action Group, website last accessed on June 10, 2016.

** Boeing, website last accessed on June 10, 2016.

*** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, website last accessed on April 7, 2016.

**** International Air Transport Association, website last accessed on June 10, 2016.