Aviation Administration Degree Programs
From the employees at the check-in counter to an airline's CEO, many aviation jobs are administrative in nature. Read on to learn more about undergraduate and graduate aviation administration degree programs and what kind of careers they prepare you for.
What Aviation Administration Degree Programs Are There?
You can earn an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree in aviation administration, and there are opportunities to earn a Ph.D. in aviation business administration. You can find these degree programs at public and private schools around the U.S.
|Degree Levels||Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral|
|Undergraduate Topics||History of aviation, aviation technology, aerodynamics, marketing|
|Graduate Topics||Theory, aviation policy, research|
|Program Format||Mostly on campus, master's programs available online|
|Median Salary (2020)||$66,680 (Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians)|
|Job Outlook (2019-2029)||5% growth (Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
What Will I Learn in an Undergraduate Program?
In an associate's degree program in aviation administration, you'll likely take courses in aviation law and regulation, history of aviation, aviation technology and business. You'll also learn about aircraft and weather patterns. Completion of an associate's degree program might qualify you for a job as a ticketing agent, administrative support specialist or other entry-level worker in the aviation industry.
Bachelor's degree programs often include some of the same courses as associate's programs, with additional classes in aircraft systems, airport planning, aerodynamics, corporate management, marketing and finance. Some programs also include courses in piloting. As a graduate with a bachelor's degree, you could find a job in airline administration, airport management or sales.
What Can a Graduate Program Prepare Me For?
Master's degree programs in aviation administration typically are geared toward students who have bachelor's degrees in another field and would like to change careers or those with some experience in the aviation industry and a need for further credentials to advance their careers. These graduate programs, which typically focus on research, theory and aviation policy, can prepare you for work in airport management and planning, aviation safety or regulation and consulting.
If you want to take on a top-level position in the aviation industry, including working in government, a Ph.D. program in aviation administration can prepare you to conduct new research and advance current aviation theory. Through a doctoral program, you'll develop advanced research skills and write an original dissertation.
Can I Learn Online?
Most online opportunities in aviation administration are at the master's level. You'll often learn from the same instructors who teach on-campus programs. While you can usually complete assignments, view lectures and communicate with instructors on your own time, you'll likely have to adhere to some deadlines. You also might have to complete an internship or other hands-on experience.