Aviation jobs, their requirements and how they vary!

There are a variety of roles to choose from within the aviation industry, many of them you’ve likely never heard of. Here’s a guide explaining some of the opportunities available.

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Supporting 65.5million aviation jobs across the globe, either directly or in-directly, aviation is one of the largest and most attractive industries to work for.

Directly supporting the industry are over ½ million people working at airports, a further ¼ million working with Air Navigation Service providers and a further 2.7M people have aviation jobs working directly for airlines (flight deck, ground services, maintenance).

If you hadn’t considered aviation before, then maybe it’s about time you did. With an average annual growth rate of 4.2% each year, this is a secure industry to start a fulfilling career in.

Aviation adds significant value to the economy. It offers us as individuals the opportunity to explore across continents, visit family and friends, do business face to face and benefit from worldwide trade. Aviation truly is an exciting and rewarding industry for all those involved and will continue to be critical in both our economic and social development.

With so many aviation jobs to choose from, we’ve selected just a handful below for you to explore. Our latest blog hopes to enlighten you to the types of aviation jobs available, how they may differ from one another and typical role requirements, or for more seasoned professionals – perhaps an opportunity to expand and diversify.

Don’t forget that these are only a very small selection, so if your dream role isn’t here, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Pilots

If you’re thinking of getting a pilot job there are many factors to consider, firstly you may want to decide which area of the industry you would most to like to work in; Commercial, Corporate & VIP or Military. What’s the difference? We’re glad you asked…

Commercial

Commercial aviation is the usual route most pilots take to break into the industry, many of which end up starting with larger low-cost carriers. The role as a commercial pilot tends to be very structured and routine, where you’re likely to be issued monthly rosters in advance. Customer interaction is minimal, in comparison with corporate aviation, and the role can be regimented across flight plans and routes etc. If you chose to be a commercial pilot then you’re also likely to have more time at home as a general rule as you would probably be locally based with roster patterns friendlier to home living – although extended periods down route for long haul or commuting patterns with weeks away from home at a time are not uncommon.

Corporate / VIP Aviation

Pilots working in the corporate and VIP sector tend to require far more flexibility, as private owners or corporate customers will request ad-hoc flights. Pilots in corporate aviation also tend to have greater involvement operationally – dependent on the company – for tasks such as flight planning and route decisions etc. VIP pilots also need to focus greater time on customer service and may even build a close relationship with their passenger(s). This can extend as far as knowing their preferred times of flight, or specific handlers to use at airport facilities.

Military

Military pilots tend to be very highly training and these skills transfer very well to other sectors of aviation, many military pilots share a regimented and disciplined background. Pilots for the military also tend to have a smaller emphasis on needing customer service experience, although their high training standards stands them in good stead in securing a role in commercial aviation when they make the career jump.

Don’t forget that pilot opportunities don’t stop there. If you have the right experience and personal attributes you could set your sights on becoming the Chief pilot, type-rating instructor or examiner!

You can search all our pilot jobs, or register a profile to be considered for the next opportunity!

Cabin Crew

75% of aviation HR professionals expect to see numbers of cabin crew jobs increase over the next two years, so this is great time to get your foot in the door! Like pilots, you could work in commercial or corporate aviation. So, when you’re choosing your next cabin crew job, bare these differences in mind:

Commercial Cabin Crew

Naturally for this role, the expectation is for great customer service. Commercial cabin crew are the face of the airline, so upholding the best standards is critical to an airline’s reputation. The role will involve hospitality on a mass scale and sometimes the ability to handle challenging situations in a calm, polite and understanding manner.

Corporate / VIP Cabin Crew

Corporate and VIP passengers expect the most when it comes to quality customer service. VIP cabin crew will require flexibility to deal with last minute flight requests, they will also build close relationships with the owners/customers to understand how they like to be catered for, from food choices and drinks selections, to body language and routine. We summarised that there are 5 skills in particular that VIP cabin crew should possess.

  1. Communication
  2. Adaptability
  3. Presentation
  4. Positive Attitude
  5. Health

To read about these 5 skills in more detail just visit our ‘Transferable skills for cabin crew in corporate and VIP aviation’ blog.

If you’re currently cabin crew looking to progress your career or use your transferable skills, why not consider roles such as CSM (customer service manager), CSD (customer service director), cabin manager, base coordinators, crew scheduler, cabin crew trainer or recruiter.

Why not register a profile today or search our cabin crew jobs now!

Engineering

The technical skills shortage is a real threat to the industry, which makes recruiting in this area a highly led candidate market. Here are some of the different engineering roles on offer and how they can vary from each other.

B1, B2 and C Licenced Engineers

Most licensed engineers will have structure to their contracts even if they are not permanent staff members. They will often work for large organisations and have allocated tasks given by a Maintenance or Quality Manager. They will focus on what their licence allows them to do; B1 being mechanical, B2 being avionic/electronics and a C licence allows the engineer to certify that work is completed to the highest standard in accordance to the work which has been requested.

Flight Engineers

Flight engineers tend to work within the corporate and VIP world unless there are specific requirements from a commercial business. They must be extremely flexible and be prepared to work at short notice. They tend to work on commuting rosters or are on permanent standby and are responsible for the entire aircraft airworthiness and maintenance. Because of this, it’s desirable for them to hold all licenses as they are usually sole workers.

CAMO Engineers

CAMO Engineers enquire that an aircraft is compliance with Aviation regulations. They make sure that an aircraft is airworthy, and they are involved in more technical aspects due to dealing with software systems that do service testing to pick up on any problems. CAMO Engineers tend to assist with developing aircraft reliability programmes and are in direct contact with subcontracted companies. Like licensed engineers, they tend to have structure to their rosters which can sometimes be flexible depending on personal circumstances.

We’ve got a host of engineers opportunities available at the minute, so if you’re looking for the next step in your role, or would simply like to view some role requirements, then head to our engineering aviation jobs now >>

Airport

If you’d prefer to work in the industry but keep your feet on the ground and be a little closer to home, then it’s likely that flight deck crew isn’t what you’re after. Luckily, your local airport will have a range of jobs available where you can be just as involved in the day to day operation.

Airports offer a variety of secure roles, whether you’re after a more hands-on approach, or a more head office-based role.  These are just some of the roles you could find within an airport:

  • Baggage Handler
  • Ramp Agent
  • Airport Manager
  • Head of Airside Operations
  • Security Compliance Manager
  • Health, Safety & Environment Coach
  • Procurement Officer
  • Flight Coordinator

Operations

An airlines operational team is just as important as the flight deck crew on the aircraft.

The operations team are pivotal to ensuring a seamless operation which keeps both staff and customers happy, some operational staff are also responsible for ensuring healthy growth and profit for the airlines through business development. Requiring a varied skillset and strong personal attributes these types of roles require impressive candidate profiles.

Here’s a few varied operational positions that may interest you:

Flight Planner – Working as part of a dedicated team, you will be required to ensure all that flight planning activities are conducted professionally and communicated effectively with crews and clients. This position requires handling ever changing mission requirements, so you will have to show proven decision-making skills and the ability to prioritise high workload whilst remaining calm under pressure. So, if you’ve got an eye for detail, a passion for delivery and great communication skills then a career in flight planning could be for you.

Flight Operations Control Officer – In this type of role you would play a critical part in the airlines control centre, ensuring each flight is on time, in the right place and with the correct crew. Your responsibilities are likely to include; flight briefs, flight preparation & flight routing, company flight plan, delay, re-routing, diversion, weather & NOTAM checks, ATC slot & Airport slot request and much more!!

Sales Executive – As a sales executive you could be selling aircraft to private owners, or security systems to international airports. No matter what you’re selling, it’s likely very important to the efficiency and operation of an airport/airline. Your role could include commercial aspects such as; marketing and business development, as well as searching for availability, broking and fixing enquiries. Equally you may be expected to provide operational support to existing clients across the globe, ensuring that customer expectations are exceeded, and a loyal customer base is established.

Operations Manager – In this role you could expect to lead a team of Planning Managers and oversee and managing the operations department. This type of role could involve managing; maintenance scheduling, crew scheduling, crew licensing management, HOTAC management. As well as being responsible for; Expense procedures, FTL’s, Handling Agents, Visa’s & Passports, Aircraft Documentation, Aircraft Capabilities.

To summarise

There are millions of jobs within the industry and most of them you’ve likely never heard of before. Here’s a list of some opportunities you may not be aware of, feel free to click on the job to read about the requirements for these types of roles.

If you’re unsure of what aviation jobs to apply for, of where to go next in the industry, just contact one of our specialists today, or register a profile with us today to be considered for a new aviation job instantly.

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