Many youngsters dream of joining the aviation industry, but most don't know the various career opportunities that exist there. Read on to know about the various jobs that exist in the aviation sector.
By Team ParentCircle
"To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home." — Jerry Crawford, Wings over Texas
Jerry knew well what he was speaking about. For those in the aviation industry, be it the ground staff or the cabin crew, the sky is the limit and it is their second home. For, this is where they spend most of their time — high above the clouds.
India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a Trust established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, published a report on its website about the Indian Aviation Industry. The reports says:
With prospects looking so good for the aviation industry, this might just be the right career path for your child. We give you a peek into the career opportunities that exist in this fast-growing industry.
Airport Managers and Safety Officers: First up, are the managerial roles. Yes, they exist in the aviation industry too and are very lucrative career options. If your child admires how well the ground staff handles situations and is not a big fan of being in the air all the time, she can take up a BBA Course in Airport Management. It is a three-year course and is available in various aviation colleges across India. With this degree, your child can become an Airport Manager, Airport Administrator, Airport Staff Manager or a Safety Officer. If your child does not want to join a three-year course, she can also obtain a diploma in the same discipline. However, this needs to be followed by obtaining a postgraduate diploma.
Commercial Pilot: It is one of the most honourable and sought-after careers in the aviation industry. Didn't most of us, at some point in our childhood, dream of becoming pilots and flying airplanes? However, when it comes to becoming a commercial pilot, the road to success isn't easy. It requires a lot of hard work. To become a commercial pilot, one has to get a Commercial Pilot License (CPL).
Flight Attendant: Where there are pilots and aircrafts, Flight Attendants become a must. They are the ones who ensure the passengers follow all the safety rules, and have a comfortable and enjoyable journey. There are many ways to become a Flight Attendant. Your child can join one of the various programmes available and choose what is best for her. After three to five years, based on how your child performs on the job, she may get promoted to the post of Flight Purser, where along with the responsibilities, the salary also doubles.
Ground Staff: Anyone walking into an airport would first come across the ground staff. There are many role profiles in Ground Staff itself — right from the security personnel who check the passports to those handling baggage claims. The ground staff ensure that passengers reach the aircraft on time for boarding and help them at every stage.
There are diploma courses which your child can take up to train and become a part of the ground staff crew. The duration of these courses ranges from a few months to one year. The trainees are trained in various processes such as passenger handling, security processes and protocols, and customer service.
Airline Ticket Agent: They are the ones who sit behind the counter and issue tickets. It might sound monotonous, but it is a highly responsible and satisfying job. They check in luggage and assign seats, handle airline ticket sales, reservation changes, and provide information on aircraft boarding. This is one of the most critical jobs.
Aeronautical Engineer: They are the ones who design, manufacture and maintain the aircraft. This requires a long course of four years but is totally worth it. After graduating from college, an airline engineer has quite a few options to choose from like joining as a Chief Engineer or Research and Development Engineer or Design Engineer.
Air Traffic Controller (ATC): According to sources in the industry, there is a dearth of ATCs in India. With new airports also coming up, there will be even more demand for them. Those desirous of becoming ATCs need to do a three-year course in B Sc Aviation. While doing this course, candidates learn about Air Regulations, Navigation, Meteorology, Aircraft and Engine, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Security, Flight Safety and Crew Management.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME): No flight can take off without being given a go-ahead by the aircraft maintenance engineer. He ensures that the aircraft is in perfect condition before take-off. The maintenance engineer's job responsibilities cover maintenance, repair, troubleshooting and overhaul of the aircraft, in addition to performing inspection and executing modifications.
There are many more jobs available like Aviation Doctors and Psychologists. Although life is tough in the aviation industry, the results are rewarding and that is probably why a career in this sector should be explored. As they say, ‘The Sky is the Limit’ in this profession!
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