Airline Crew:

  • Flight Attendant: They work evenings, weekends, and holidays. They get payed about $37,240 per year. As far as education requirements all you need is a high school diploma.

  • Airline and Commercial Pilots: $98,410 per year. Their schedules vary. They may spend a considerable amount of time away from home. They would typically need a bachelor’s degree in any subject, along with a commercial pilot’s license and an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate from the FAA.

  • First Officer: Has the same level of training as the pilot, is there in case of an emergency, and if  something happens they can be there to step in and take over if needed. They’re there to help out the pilot and keep the pilot error to a minimum.

  • Second Officer (Flight Engineer):Just like the first officer they’re fully trained as pilots, but instead of flying the plane as the first officer, and pilot would, they monitor the airlines components, and figure the speed for takeoff and landing, the power settings, and fuel management.

  • Navigator: Plans a route that an aircraft will take in order to get to its destination in a small amount of time without the harm of its passengers. Has to keep the plane on course once in the air. Responsible for getting the plane from point A to point B.

  • Radio Operator: No education is required, but familiarity with radio technology is important for being a radio operator.

Ground Crew:

  • Airframe and powerplant Technicians: They earn an average wage of about $22.17 an hour. Must have a mechanic’s or repairmen certificate to perform aviation related work, if you’re 18 years old you must be supervised by a person with that type of certificate.

  • Avionics Technician: earns an average salary of $56,940. No formal education is needed for the people who complete the on-the-job training and work experience. One other requirement would be the A&P certification. Usually a certificate or associate’s degree is required.

  • Ramp Agents: Has a salary of $21,920. There are a bunch of different things that could be required as in: on-the-job training, a valid driver’s license, a background check, drug test, and or having the ability to lift heavy objects. The main requirement you have to have would be a high school diploma or GED.

  • Customer Service Agents: Must be able to resolve a problem and smile through it at the same time. Have excellent communication and computer skills. Also have the ability to stand for several hours. You should have your high school diploma or a higher level of education, and have the traits of a team player, be levelheaded, and be calm under pressure.

  • Flight Dispatchers: No degree is required for this field. The least you would need is your high school diploma. But a post-secondary training course is required for those who have no applicable experience. You also must have an FAA certification. Two years of applicable experience for dispatchers without formal training. It is required to be knowledgeable of the FAA regulations and laws. Must be at least 23, and have the ability to speak, read, and write English.