With the recent upsurge of travellers each year, the aviation industry has experienced a massive growth all over the world. One of the foremost beneficiaries of this growth is the UK’s aviation sector, which is second to the U.S.A. In 2002, there are about 200 million travellers who have passed through the UK airports, and this is expected to double by the year 2020 and in the year 2030, projected to reach 500 million travellers.
The UK’s government has set out a 30-year framework to accommodate this growth in the aviation industry. Also, this growth has opened the many opportunities for aviation jobs, providing a bright future for those who are undergoing flight training or aviation training.
• Pilot and Co-pilot
It is the duty of pilots to fly passengers and cargo during long or short haul flights. An aircraft is usually manned by two pilots, the captain and the supporting officer or co-pilot. It is the captain’s duty to look after the safety of his passengers and to operate the aircraft in a safe and efficient manner. In the past, pilots used to get flight training from the military. Nowadays, a majority of newly-hired pilots have earned a university degree and have undergone aviation training from a school that is FAA certified. Some even take type rating courses so they can fly certain aircraft models.
• Flight Crew
Flight attendants look after the needs of the passengers, bringing them meals and the newspapers, among others. They explain and demonstrate the standard safety procedures. They also make sure that the plane is clean before and after use. Individuals who are interested in this job should have a secondary education, with good grades in Math and English.
• Aerospace engineer
This is the perfect job for those who are passionate about aircraft. In order to qualify, you need to have excellent skills in Math and IT. You should have the ability to use manufacturing software and computer-aided design. You should also have good technical knowledge. Generally, you should have a degree in Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in an engineering subject. If not qualified, there are many apprenticeships and engineering jobs which can get your career to a start, part/ full time, as a degree can be a lengthy process. Having some experience in this field will be a huge advantage over other potential employees.
• Air Traffic Controller
Air traffic controllers have several different duties. For this reason, they usually specialise in one job. They direct planes while on the runaway, control and monitor air traffic, give instructions to pilots before take-off and landing. They monitor entrance and exit of the aeroplane. Therefore, this high paying job entails a high degree of concentration. To qualify, you need a degree in Air Traffic Management and enrol in programmes, which are certified by FAA.
This is another high paying career that requires the applicant to have good technical skills and leadership to head his team. You must be knowledgeable in the brick and mortar of aircraft mechanism and composites including gear engineering, bevel gear design, and precision worm gears. You will also liaise with various suppliers for pilot provisions, aircraft parts, and heat oven treatments for aircraft components. This professional sees to it that his team performs regular maintenance and will strictly follow regulatory guidelines. This maintenance manager, usually, hires and trains his team.