By Angela Ballard
Jobs in the aviation industry span a wide range of skill sets and experience levels; for those leaving the military, according to CNN Money and PayScale.com’s list of great careers in 2011, Aviation Program Management and Airline Pilot are two of the best careers to pursue.
The median pay for Aviation Program Managers is $115,000 and the 10-year job growth rate is approximated at 7%. Depending on what your military experienced entailed, you may not even need project management certification.
For veteran military pilots, the CNN report states that there are a few reasons why becoming a commercial pilot is appealing. Flying a commercial aircraft provides a family-friendly environment that is great for pilots with young children. A career as a civilian pilot means most of your time will revolve around flying (while rising in military ranks generally means flying less). Though there are over a million pilots in the US already (you can find a pilot in the FindTheBest database), the 10-year job growth is approximated at 8%, which is an addition of about 60,000 jobs.
Switching to a civilian pilot career means getting an FAA flight certification; the protocol for converting a military certification depends on the type of aircraft you flew. AviationSchoolsOnline.com is a great resource for finding VA approved flight certification programs. FindTheBest also has a database of FAA Medical Examiners to make finding an examiner, to issue or reissue a pilot medical certificate, as easy as possible. Jobs in the aviation industry are growing, and for those with the incredible training and experience the military provides, a career in aviation is a great option.