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Many people have a tough time finding a job right out of college. But for those with an aviation major, career opportunities tend to be plentiful. By looking through millions of job listings and 13,314 aviation major resumes, we were able to discover which are the preferred jobs for aviation majors.

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Starting Salary
$44,000
Job openings
2,256
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Mobile, AL;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other purposes, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application, also known as crop dusting.
Starting Salary
$43,000
Job openings
30,195
Top Locations:
San Antonio, TX;  Jacksonville, FL;  Corpus Christi, TX;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
30,168
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
An Operation Supervisor coordinates the daily activities of an operations unit. They determine the workflow and scheduling of workers, complete reports, and implement operational policies and procedures.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
67,118
Top Locations:
Jacksonville, FL;  Atlanta, GA;  Everett, WA;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$57,000
Job openings
76,355
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Dallas, TX;  
Job Description:
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
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Starting Salary
$31,000
Job openings
68,991
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Indianapolis, IN;  
Job Description:
General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.
Starting Salary
$39,000
Job openings
35,901
Top Locations:
Coatesville, PA;  San Antonio, TX;  Oklahoma City, OK;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$62,000
Job openings
53,353
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Grand Rapids, MI;  Irvine, CA;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
Starting Salary
$31,000
Job openings
39,008
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  San Antonio, TX;  
Job Description:
Diesel service technicians and mechanics inspect, repair, and overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engine.
Starting Salary
$58,000
Job openings
68,429
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Los Angeles, CA;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.
Starting Salary
$40,000
Job openings
68,189
Top Locations:
Greensboro, NC;  Miami, FL;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$61,000
Job openings
22,825
Top Locations:
Indianapolis, IN;  Phoenix, AZ;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
91,613
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Account Executives are responsible for looking after the company's client as well as keeping the company-client relationships at a high standard. Their goal is to increase the amount of business a company does with those clients.
Starting Salary
$47,000
Job openings
27,762
Top Locations:
Jacksonville, FL;  Duluth, MN;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$42,000
Job openings
7,511
Top Locations:
Dover, DE;  Jacksonville, FL;  Little Rock, AR;  
Job Description:
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other purposes, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application, also known as crop dusting.
Starting Salary
$35,000
Job openings
13,599
Top Locations:
Vero Beach, FL;  Austin, TX;  Prescott, AZ;  
Job Description:
Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.
Starting Salary
$35,000
Job openings
13,398
Top Locations:
Fort Rucker, AL;  Miami, FL;  Albuquerque, NM;  
Job Description:
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other purposes, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application, also known as crop dusting.
Starting Salary
$37,000
Job openings
37,458
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
A Maintenance Supervisor maintains systems and equipment through completing preventive maintenance schedules. They restore and repair faulty or inoperative components and parts.
Starting Salary
$38,000
Job openings
18,205
Top Locations:
Savannah, GA;  Ridley Park, PA;  Jacksonville, FL;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$43,000
Job openings
67,782
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  New York, NY;  
Job Description:
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
78,063
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Phoenix, AZ;  Las Vegas, NV;  
Job Description:
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.
Starting Salary
$54,000
Job openings
63,495
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Starting Salary
$26,000
Job openings
2,527
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Houston, TX;  Las Vegas, NV;  
Job Description:
A Dispatcher is responsible for delivering items to customers through verifying orders. They use a radio, phone, or computer to send crews, vehicles, or other field units to appropriate locations.
Starting Salary
$54,000
Job openings
56,954
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
A business analyst is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
5,623
Top Locations:
Oklahoma City, OK;  Fort Rucker, AL;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart.
Starting Salary
$58,000
Job openings
76,096
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Job Description:
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Starting Salary
$21,000
Job openings
7,808
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Grand Rapids, MI;  
Job Description:
Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.
Starting Salary
$24,000
Job openings
47,620
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Houston, TX;  
Job Description:
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity.
Starting Salary
$23,000
Job openings
55,837
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Washington, DC;  
Starting Salary
$47,000
Job openings
52,530
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Charlotte, NC;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.
Starting Salary
$28,000
Job openings
29,380
Top Locations:
Fort Campbell North, KY;  Fort Drum, NY;  Fort Hood, TX;  
Starting Salary
$90,000
Job openings
7,463
Top Locations:
Fort Hood, TX;  Fort Rucker, AL;  Sierra Vista, AZ;  
Job Description:
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other purposes, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application, also known as crop dusting.
Starting Salary
$46,000
Job openings
10,063
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
Compensation managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to determine how much an organization pays its employees and how employees are paid. Benefits managers plan, direct, and coordinate retirement plans, health insurance, and other benefits that an organization offers its employees.
Starting Salary
$44,000
Job openings
27,683
Top Locations:
Camp Pendleton South, CA;  Fort Campbell North, KY;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$82,000
Job openings
26,843
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  Austin, TX;  Boston, MA;  
Job Description:
Real estate brokers and sales agents help clients buy, sell, and rent properties. Although brokers and agents do similar work, brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Sales agents must work with a real estate broker.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
204,896
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Phoenix, AZ;  Salt Lake City, UT;  
Job Description:
Heavy and tractor–trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor–trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeds 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.
Starting Salary
$35,000
Job openings
42,259
Top Locations:
New York, NY;  San Diego, CA;  Atlanta, GA;  
Job Description:
An Operations Specialist is responsible for managing the flow of a workplace and optimizing day-to-day activities. They track and analyze various reports, such as activity budgets, operation activity, and department metrics for making the necessary improvements.
Starting Salary
$61,000
Job openings
194,705
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  New York, NY;  Chicago, IL;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.
Starting Salary
$43,000
Job openings
48,928
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Austin, TX;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively in factories, stores, healthcare organizations, repair shops, and offices. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.
Starting Salary
$50,000
Job openings
25,615
Top Locations:
San Antonio, TX;  Long Beach, CA;  Savannah, GA;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$34,000
Job openings
30,328
Top Locations:
Norfolk, VA;  Houston, TX;  San Diego, CA;  
Job Description:
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.
Starting Salary
$64,000
Job openings
115,778
Top Locations:
San Francisco, CA;  New York, NY;  Austin, TX;  
Job Description:
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
Starting Salary
$19,000
Job openings
53,401
Top Locations:
Memphis, TN;  Houston, TX;  Louisville, KY;  
Job Description:
General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.
Starting Salary
$41,000
Job openings
31,640
Top Locations:
Tulsa, OK;  Savannah, GA;  San Antonio, TX;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Starting Salary
$63,000
Job openings
43,584
Top Locations:
San Francisco, CA;  Chicago, IL;  Atlanta, GA;  
Starting Salary
$82,000
Job openings
3,417
Top Locations:
Binghamton, NY;  Bloomington, MN;  Corpus Christi, TX;  
Job Description:
Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other purposes, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and aerial application, also known as crop dusting.
Starting Salary
$58,000
Job openings
75,609
Top Locations:
San Francisco, CA;  New York, NY;  San Jose, CA;  
Job Description:
A Quality Assurance Engineer develops and executes exploratory and automated tests for new and existing products to meet client needs. They monitor the debugging process and track quality assurance metrics.
Starting Salary
$43,000
Job openings
32,712
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Chicago, IL;  Indianapolis, IN;  
Job Description:
A Production Supervisor manufactures products through organizing and monitoring the work flow. They also develop and implement policies and procedures, and recommend improvements in production methods, equipment, and operating procedures.
Starting Salary
$36,000
Job openings
42,348
Top Locations:
Houston, TX;  Orlando, FL;  Oklahoma City, OK;  
Job Description:
Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.
Starting Salary
$30,000
Job openings
38,017
Top Locations:
Denver, CO;  Anchorage, AK;  Oklahoma City, OK;  
Job Description:
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Average Salary For an Aviation Major

Depending on the industry that aviation majors work in, their salaries can vary significantly. In fact, we found that aviation majors who work in the technology industry have an average salary of $82,035, while those who work in the education industry have an average salary of $43,993. If salary is the most important thing to you, then you should look for jobs in the technology industry.

Average Salary
$65,283
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Updated July 15, 2020