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Non-Pilot Jobs in the Aviation Industry

So your dream is to fly, but you have some limitation that prevents you from attaining it. Alas you can still work in the industry and have a fulfilling career in some other related areas. Laura speaks about her father’s experience and and offers some alternative aviation careers that are available.

Growing up my dad always wanted to be a pilot. He obtained his pilot’s license at 16 and actively pursued ways to make his dream a reality, with his first steps towards conquering his goal leading him to joining the Air Force. But he met a brick wall when they told him he couldn’t be a pilot because he didn’t have 20-20 vision. Things are a little different now with technological advances like contacts and Lasik, but for some being a pilot is a pipe dream that will never become a reality. However, just because you may not be able to be a pilot doesn’t mean you can’t still work within the aviation industry.

1. Air Traffic Controller

This has been named one of the most stressful careers out there, largely due in part to the extreme responsibility that an air traffic controller has and the overall challenging nature of the job. It is up to the air traffic controller to ensure that the aircraft in the air and on the ground don’t come in too close of contact with each other. Controllers are based in airport control towers, approach offices and area control centres.

2. Aircraft Dispatcher

The dispatcher’s job consists of working closely with the entire flight team to ensure a safe flight from start to finish for the airplane. It is their responsibility to allow the planes to take off, monitor everything happening while the plane is in the air, reroute the flight if necessary, and guide them safely back on the ground.

3. Aircraft Quality Control Inspector

Every part on an airplane has to meet certain standards and requirements, and it is the job of the Quality Control Inspector to make sure that everything on the plane is up to par so that the plane is cleared for safe flying.

4. Aircraft Mechanic

The focus of this job is preventing any mechanical problems with an aircraft before they happen and requires a lot of mechanical skills. Being an aircraft mechanic comes with a lot of accountability because if something goes
wrong after the mechanic has repaired something then they could end up losing their Federal Aviation Administration license.

5. Avionics Technician

An avionics technician is in charge of ensuring that all of the electronics associated with aviation – from radars to computers to radios and much more – are all in working order. They are an integral part of the ground crew team.
These are just a few of the non-pilot aviation career options out there. My dad ended up continuing to work on airplanes in the Air Force and eventually bought his own small two-seater airplane. Just because you may not be able to fly planes for a living doesn’t mean you have to give up your dreams of working with them – there are plenty of jobs out there that will allow you to do so!

Author Bio:

This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet providers in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Nice post. Like in medical everyone is not doctor similarly in other industries there are other complimentary jobs also.

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