Career review of the month: Aviation Industry

Jack Kershaw

As it’s something quite close to my heart, and something that I would be interested in pursuing as a career, I thought that for the first ever Career of the Month post, I would write about something I know and love, so here it is.

The aviation industry is an integral part of transportation these days and with the increasing popularity, more and more jobs arise.

The aviation industry provides jobs all the way from piloting, to ground control staff at the airport. All of these workers are needed in order for the industry to function effectively. Most careers in aviation are quite well paid, and rightly so – considering the public are putting their lives in the industry’s hands.

A heads up to all of the aspiring pilots out there; be sure to have at least £100,000 waiting in a bank account for you, otherwise it is highly unlikely that you will be able to carry out the training required. You could apply for a pilot grant, but they are very difficult to find. The easiest way to enter the world of aviation is through joining the Royal Air Force.

The other career-paths, such as aircraft engineers and aircraft control, require a significantly smaller number of grades. Air traffic control requirements are approximately 3-5 A*-C GCSEs, whereas Ground Staff roles require even less.

For the engineering side of things, there are a variety of college courses, which allow you to learn the skills and earn the qualifications needed to apply for these jobs. Some courses may even provide you with the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship.

There are many ways that you can get more information about the aviation industry, including airlines themselves, NATS, (which is the Air traffic Control hub for the UK), and other career websites, which can help you and lead you in the right direction. A good place to look is the Careers Wales webpage.

Be sure to look out for next month’s article, where we will be reviewing the Public Services Industry (for example the Police or Fire Service).

Written by Jack Kershaw.