Have you ever watched airplane passing over you, guessing what type of airplane it was and also imagined yourself being on that airplane no matter where it was heading? Have you ever been intrigued by how pilots nonchalantly take off and land a multimillion flying machine? If yes, then you are probably an Aviation geek. When it comes to aviation careers, the sky is indeed the limit!
Be it Aviation, Aerospace, Aeronautical, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Pilot or cabin crew- these jobs have the ability to make one stand out, perhaps, in family functions, get-togethers and among friends leading to interesting shop-talks. The Aviation field from a layman’s perspective is seen to be a fascinating and challenging field. A field that probably chooses the person rather than the person choosing it. A mere passion to soar the sky. A career that casts a tremendous sense of doubts in the minds of the pupil & peers alike. A career path for those who dream and believe that SKY is the ultimate limit. A career path is laden with High dreams however with challenging uncertainties.
Reasons to work in the Aviation Field:
Aviation is booming
According to experts, the aviation industry is growing and will continue to grow. As per ICAO predictions, the aviation industry will increase by an average of 4.3% per year over the next 20 years. Furthermore, in India, schemes such as National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 (NCAP) and Regional Connectivity Scheme or UDAN (‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’) are boosting the aviation industry in the nation.
Opportunity to Travel
The aviation field comes up with amazing benefits for their employees. Airlines, MROs and OEMs operate all across the globe. Therefore, they need workers who can travel too. Furthermore, cabin crew and pilots get paid to travel around the globe!
Additionally, they get free or subsidized tickets from the airline they are working for.
Most people who work in the aviation industry earn really well. However, it depends on a lot of factors such as experience, skills, the job he/she is working, etc.
Imagine being responsible for a multi-million dollar machine. Furthermore, the aviation industry is always dynamic inviting new and exciting challenges. Therefore, this industry is for people who are adventurous, inquisitive and of course, risk-takers.
This field is as huge and vast & full of opportunities, as it sounds. This field is full of amazing options which are just not clearly unobscured. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness pertaining to opportunities what the aviation field can offer has created a negative mindset among ambitious candidates ending up not fulfilling their dreams. This article is an effort to educate the various opportunities available to every Aviator.
India is doing its best to improve the aviation industry. For instance, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), DRDO labs like National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL), Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), etc. are working religiously to make India an Aerospace hub by building indigenous Fighter Aircrafts (LCA Tejas), Helicopters (LCH), Commercial Aircrafts (Sarang).
One can find jobs in the newspaper ad sections. Furthermore, there is of course the SSB for Indian Airforce (Touch the Sky with Glory). Now that you know how there are a plethora of courses and job opportunities available in this exciting field, the next step is to delve deeper into the type of career pathway you want to choose. Here are a few career opportunities in the aviation field:
1) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer:
Aircraft maintenance engineers (AME), also known as also Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAME or L-AME) are the people who ensure passenger safety. They are responsible for certifying the aircraft maintenance and its fitness to fly. In other words, they ensure the airworthiness of the beautiful Flying machines every Aviator is crazy about.
Companies to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer:
- Cathay Pacific.
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airways
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Salary:
The average AME salary package per year ranges from 70k to 90k USD.
2) Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO):
Maintenance Repair Overhaul, sometimes known as Maintenance Repair Operation is responsible for performing the most critical repair & overhaul activities. Furthermore, they ensure aircraft’s serviceability and maintenance. They also play an integral role in sustaining airline fleets.
Best MRO Companies to work:
- Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited
- ST Engineering
- Lufthansa Technik
- Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance
- Delta TechOps
MRO Average Salary:
The average MRO salary package per year ranges from 40k to 220k USD.
3) Technical Records Management:
Their responsibility is to organise and handle detailed maintenance records to determine the airworthiness of the aircraft. Furthermore, they ensure a smooth working mechanism between the lessor and lessee. Companies like FLYdocs India Pvt. Ltd. are global leaders in providing these services.
Technical Records Management Companies to work:
- SGI Aviation
- Acumen Aviation
Technical Records Management Average Salary:
The average technical Records Management package per year ranges from 50k to 70k USD.
The aviators can utilize their aviation and engineering skills to manufacture a safe aircraft to fly. They are responsible to design an aircraft taking account of various factors ensuring the safety and comfort of the plane and passengers travelling. This field is unexplored more often than not. There is a myriad of aviation design companies to be a part of.
Aircraft Design companies to work:
- Quest Global
- Genser Aerospace
Aircraft Designing Companies Average Salary:
The average Aircraft Design package per year ranges from 90k to 120k USD.
5) Aircraft Technical Publication:
Another field related to aviation with impressive career opportunities is Aircraft Technical Publication. The aviators can be a part of the drafting of Maintenance & Repair Manual Preparation. It is a document that is followed globally by the aviation industry. In other words, it is the Bible for the Maintenance Team to ensure Aircraft Airworthiness. So if you love aviation and writing, this job is for you! Companies like Saffron, L&T, Acumen, etc.
Aircraft Technical Publication Companies:
- Flatirons solutions
Aircraft Technical Publication Average Salary:
The Aircraft Technical Publication package per year ranges from 70k to 80k USD.
6) Drone / UAV Pilot:
A drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft without a human pilot or anyone on board. It includes a ground-based controller and communication system with the drone.
An Aviator can have an exciting career opportunity in this field. Drones are the futuristic technology gaining tremendous grounds globally in the field of Defense, Surveillance, Survey, Recon, Crowd monitoring, etc. A technology where people from aviation Backgrounds are often preferred owing to the area of study expertise which gives them a definite edge over others.
Companies to work as a Drone Pilot
- ideaForge Technologies Pvt Ltd
- Asteria Aerospace
- Terra Drones
- Tata Advanced Systems
Drone/UAV Pilot Average Salary:
The Drone/UAV pilot package per year ranges from 70k to 120k USD.
7) Manufacturing Sector:
This sector is more often than not unexplored by aviators. If you love aviation, machines and designing things, then this field is perfect for you. In order to make an aircraft, different parts and components are required. There are many companies catering to the needs and requirements of the Aerospace Industry by providing critical and precise parts & components. They provide systems & sub-systems to Major System integrators. There is a wide range of special-purpose applications in the Aerospace field which requires jobs of high skills and precision.
Manufacturing Companies to work:
- Raytheon Technologies Corporation
- General Electric
Aircraft Manufacturing Average Salary:
The Aircraft Manufacturer package per year ranges from 40k to 100k USD.
The life of a pilot is adventurous and they get to see many beautiful places around the world. If you love flying, adventure and travelling, then this job is for you. Apart from an airline pilot job, there are a plethora of other opportunities that are often overlooked. For instance, crop duster operation, law enforcement, firefighting, media, banner towing, charter operation and so on.
Companies to work as a pilot:
- Oxygen Aviation Limited
- Red Bull Airforce
Pilot Average Salary
A pilot’s package per year ranges from 40k to 220k USD.
9) Cabin Crew:
If you are looking for a job to travel around the world and literally getting paid for it, then this job is perfect for you. More than providing exceptional customer care, the most important responsibility of a cabin crew includes ensuring safety throughout the flight. In other words, they were introduced in order to make the travel experience for passengers more pleasant while ensuring safety and promoting the airline brand.
Companies to work as a cabin crew:
- Qatar Airways
- Air Canada
Cabin Crew Average Salary
A cabin crew’s package per year ranges from 40k to 120k USD.
The intention of the article is to create awareness among all the lovers of the Field of Aviation. There are plenty of opportunities that are often overlooked due to a lack of knowledge or guidance. We hope that every aviator, old or recent, should be able to work in the field of his passion. Every person should be able to justify his passion for the field by being self-sufficient for himself and his family in the long run.
We hope that we at AeroNefs can make a difference in your life where you can choose a life of dreams & passion versus the life of settling with something you are not passionate about. Of course, no job is inferior but the passion for working makes every day pleasurable and worth looking forward to.
Wish you all a happy, safe & peaceful life. Keep smiling!