Airports take a lot of running and often little (or sometimes huge) economies grow up around them, to service their needs and the needs of the people passing through them.
While airports are often objected to on environmental grounds, there is rarely an objection on economic grounds. Indeed, new aerospace facilities are often fought for by cities and governments for the benefits they bring to the community, the city, or even the country.
When most people think of aviation jobs, they tend to think of pilots, but the range of jobs normally on offer by the industry would encompass those usually offered by several other industries. Besides pilots, people are needed to staff the shops, prepare the airline meals, drive baggage carts, issue tickets, operate air traffic control, run security checks, manage personnel, do the accounts, the list could go on and on…and that’s just for the jobs needed at the airports! Building the planes themselves requires a whole other list of specialties.
While many positions require a high degree of education and training, like aviation engineering jobs or air traffic controller jobs, others require only a high school education or, in some instances, just a willingness to learn!
Aviation has never been a static industry. Those involved in it have always had to develop new practices, keep ahead of the competition, and explore new markets. There is scope for solid work ethic alongside innovative ideas.
Even in times of recession, aviation has enough variety, whether it be service based, people based, or construction based, to weather the storms. Companies fail, but others rise, like a phoenix, and claim the skies again.
Those looking for more security than the average airline can offer might consider working for the government. Government aviation jobs include such options as working for the Federal Aviation Authority or as a civilian operator for the military. FAA posts might include safety inspector, electronics technician, traffic control specialists and that dream of every young boy (and many grown men) test pilots!
Of course, to keep the industry running smoothly and safely as it must requires that a monumental amount of aviation maintenance jobs be filled. We are not talking janitorial maintenance here (although there are jobs like that needing to be filled as well.) We are talking jet engine maintenance, electronics maintenance, and so on. Positions that require a high degree of professional training and qualification. After all, would you like to fly at thirty thousand feet on a plane that had been checked over by someone from the local garage who
thought they’d give it a go?
Aviation mechanics jobs and aviation engineers jobs are highly prized in the engineering world as a whole. Aircraft construction and maintenance needs to be carried out to the closest of specifications; specifications not noticeably different from those of the space program - a point of pride with most aviation engineers! The salaries are high, but the educational and professional requirements are high as well. Again, as we would all insist it should be.
Of course, qualified engineers needn’t limit themselves to airline positions. The civil aviation section is a massive employer, offering many aviation engineer jobs as well as the slightly less qualified aviation mechanics jobs. Training carried out while in the armed forces is also recognized and sought after by both the airlines and civil aviation companies. Every engineer employed by a civil airline will be required to hold a current license from the relevant authority.
Just as the industry support a huge amount of subsidiary and satellite businesses, so it had attracted many highly skilled and knowledgeable aviation recruitment services. Those looking for aviation jobs might try contacting individual airlines, or airport operating authorities, or companies working with or supplying the airlines, but the internet will greatly enhance your scope and increase your chances. Remember, to get the job, you first have to know it’s available, and that’s where the Internet comes in.
There are countless recruitment agencies online, some specializing only in aviation jobs, who will help you get that position with the airline, with the civil air authority, with the airplane manufacturers, or with companies providing support for all of these. Qualifications required will depend on the position. Some of the salaries will be sky-high while others will be distinctly down to earth.
The sheer vibrancy of the industry means that aviation will always be an attractive prospect for job seekers, whether you dream of flying though the sky or just want to help other people’s dreams come true!