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How to Land a Job in Aviation

Published: Monday 10th September 2018

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How to Land a Job in Aviation

For many, becoming a pilot or air hostess/steward is a dream job. But there are many other airline jobs in the UK aviation industry that can be equally rewarding. Aside from pilot jobs, there are airport jobs, roles in maintenance and engineering, as well as a huge range of career option in aviation technology.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking to find employment in the aviation industry:

Types of airline jobs

Before searching for an airline job, first you’ll need to consider what type of role you’re looking for and what qualifications you’ll need to have a chance of securing a job in your chosen discipline. Flight attendants for example, only require minimum qualifications, so this is something you can look into the moment you leave school.

Of course, for more skilled roles such as pilot jobs, you’ll need more qualifications. The RAF, for example, requires a minimum of five GCEs and two A-Levels. Alternatively, a fully qualified commercial pilot will mostly likely have a bachelor’s degree, a pilot’s licence and have completed a course at an airline flight school, such as the FlightSafety International Facility in Farnborough.

Training to become an air traffic controller takes about three years. To be accepted onto a trainee course, again, you’ll need five GCSEs. You can expect a starting salary of between £17,000 and £21,000, rising to between £32,000 and £36,000 when you’ve qualified.

There are a wide range of airline jobs for aircraft engineers and technicians requiring specialised training. A degree in engineering will be desirable here, as well as possible post-grad qualifications in a specialised technology field. Technicians may need to pass a certification test for many airline jobs.

Getting physical

Aviation jobs have other requirements that you wouldn’t normally find in other occupations. For instance, pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers all must have 20/20 vision, or wear glasses that brings their eyesight up to the required standards.

While height and weight requirement vary according to airline, typically, to be part of cabin crew, you need to be between 5,2ft and 6,2ft and be very fit. Flight attendants undergo a rigorous training schedule to be negotiate an aircraft aisle and deal with difficult passengers, as well as lift baggage weighing 50lbs or more into overhead lockers.

Obviously, language skills are useful when it comes to airline jobs. Most airlines require air stewards and stewardesses to speak English. Regular medical examinations are a prerequisite for pilots, and other key staff. In addition, airlines will carry out in-depth security checks on applicants, as well as employees.

Ready to start looking for airport jobs?

The commercial aviation sector is buoyant at the moment and there are plenty of jobs available if you know where to find them. One place to locate aviation and airport jobs is on airline websites, but if you want to look for jobs by location, for example, if you’re seeking employment opportunities at a London airport, or pilot jobs in Manchester, or other regional airport, then it might be better to go straight to Zoek UK and start your search there.

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