Over the last couple of decades, we’ve seen a sea-change in the aviation industry. We’ve gone from a world where you might take one flight in a lifetime, to one a year. Because of that change, there’s not more opportunity than ever before for people to get involved in aviation. Especially women.
When most people imagine an aviation career, they imagine the glamorous role of a pilot. But the truth is that there are dozens of roles in aviation. And there are great opportunities to have any of them. What’s more, there’s often a strong link between the training that you do and the job you get at the end of the process. That’s something that can’t be said for a lot of courses these days.
So in 2016, what are the best-paying jobs in aviation?
As the aviation industry has grown, so too has its demand for mechanics. Because there’s so much that can go wrong on an aircraft, repairs are frequent. But it’s also the job of the mechanic to make sure that aircraft are flight-worthy before each takeoff. That means that mechanics need to have a good grasp of aircraft systems.
To become a qualified mechanic, you first have to go to an aircraft mechanic school. There are now over 170 of these all over the country.
With a couple of years of training, women mechanics can expect to earn more than $55,000 per annum. Not bad for a job that’s also a lot of fun.
The Federal Aviation Authority takes the safety of aircraft seriously. They employ hundreds of aircraft inspectors to do spot checks on commercial liners every year.
Because it’s a Federal agency, the FAA offers a degree of job security not available elsewhere in the aviation industry. That means that the role of inspector is great for any woman looking for a stable income.
The role involves inspecting planes to see if the proper maintenance has been carried out. But it also involves making sure that any changes to aircraft are safe and conform to regulation. The typical aeroplane inspector can expect to take home over $60,000 a year.
Air Traffic Controller
The job of air traffic controller is famously high stress. Every hour of everyday, controllers have to organize the flight schedules of dozen of aircraft. It’s a tough business that requires intense concentration.
Despite this, air traffic controller jobs are lucrative. The pay is good, and the jobs themselves are highly secure. Traditionally, there haven’t often been many open roles for air traffic controller. But thanks to the retirement of baby boomers, the Bureau of Labour Statistics thinks more opportunities will open up.
The average air traffic controller can expect to get paid in the region of $63,000 a year.
Aircraft Maintenance Manager
The role of maintenance manager combines technical and management skills. In this role, you’ll have to make sure that maintenance is being carried out to the proper standards. And you’ll have to motivate your team, hire staff and so on. Because it is a demanding role, you’ll take home at least $75,000 a year.