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The Aviation sector has been providing numerous job opportunities to graduates in India. In the past, in case of India, there weren’t many courses that focused on the aviation sector and groomed students to take on roles in that sector.

Usually, Graduates of any discipline used to apply for aviation jobs. They used to get trained after they were selected after an interview. At present, things have changed! There are many aviation sector oriented courses present, which cater to the needs of the aviation Industry! In this article, I will list some of the best Aviation field related courses, which students may pursue after finishing their 12th standard schooling. 

Note that career prospects and the possibility of landing a high paying job in Aviation sector depends a lot on the quality of the Institute from which you pursue the course. Yes, type of course and aptitude of the candidate also plays a huge role. Make sure that you research well about an Institute/College, before taking admission in it. The first thing you should check is whether the Institute you are interested is approved and recognized by the appropriate authorities or not! Before selecting a particular course, make sure that you have the aptitude and ability to thrive in the role associated with that course. For example- not everyone can become a Commercial Pilot! If you don’t have the aptitude to become a Pilot, it would be better to choose another Aviation course!

1 B.B.A. IN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT

I’ve already written articles on B.B.A. course. It is a 3 years long Undergraduate management program. The good news is that many B.B.A. programs allows students to specialize in certain area/discipline. In our case, it is a program that focuses on the running and management of an Airport. If one is keen on improving one’s qualifications, then he/she may also go for an M.B.A. Degree after completing this B.B.A. program.

 B.B.A. in Airport Management trains students to take on Managerial and Administrative posts in an Airport. The course material covers subjects like- 

§  Introduction to Airport Management

§  Human Resource Management

§  Accounting

§  Financial Management

§  Marketing

§  Safety Management

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students from any stream, who have passed 12th standard board examinations are eligible to pursue this course. Minimum marks criteria exists, but it varies from one Institute to another. Usually, it is around 50% marks.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

After completing the course, graduates may get hired at major International or Domestic Airports. Average starting salary is usually between 3-6 Lakh Rupees per year. Job roles available are-

§  Airport Manager

§  Administrator

§  Staff Manager

§  Safety Officer

 

2. DIPLOMA IN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT

This is a Diploma course that lasts 1 year and focuses solely on the area of Airport Management. While it does a better job in dealing with the technical details, when compared to B.B.A. program, I must also admit that this Diploma Degree doesn’t possess as much value as the B.B.A. program does. A good way to solve this problem is by going for a Post Graduate Diploma in Airport Management after finishing any Graduation course!

Important subjects covered in Diploma in Airport Management course are-

§  Airport Strategy and Functioning

§  Cargo Management and Handling

§  Staff Management

§  Safety and Security Management

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 12th Standard (any stream) are eligible to apply for this 1 year long Diploma course.

 

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Domestic as well as International Airports are the prime recruiters. Average starting salary is between 2-5 Lakh Rupees per year. Graduates may get the below mentioned job posts-

§  Airport Manager

§  Assistant Manager

§  Cargo department Manager

 

3 COMMERCIAL PILOT TRAINING

Among the many jobs that the Aviation sector provides, this one has to be the most glamorous as well as rewarding one! But Commercial Pilot training is very costly! On the other hand, once finished, this course will ensure that you land a well rewarding job!

If you are keen to become a Commercial Pilot, do go through this guide about how to become a Commercial Pilot. The course involves practical training as well as theoretical subjects. At the end of the program, successful candidates will be awarded CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence).

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Only 12th Science stream students who have passed 12th board exams (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects) are eligible to apply for this course. Minimum marks criteria exists, which varies between 45-50% marks in case of most Institutes. Also, candidates have to clear written exam, Pilot Aptitude Test as well as Interview to get selected into the training program.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Simple- successful candidates may go on and become Commercial or Ferry Pilots (in Private or Government sector Airlines, Chartered Flights etc)! One may also become a Flight Instructor after gaining experience. Average starting salary could be anywhere between 5-12 Lakh Rupees per year.

4 DIPLOMA IN GROUND STAFF AND CABIN CREW TRAINING

This Diploma course is aimed at training students to take on roles of Air Hostess, Steward on Flights. The course duration varies, but is generally 6 months or 1 year long. Some important subjects taught in this course are-

§  Communication Skills

§  Customer Services

§  In Flight training

§  Safety and First Aid procedures

§  Food and Beverage production and serving

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 12th standard board examinations (any stream) are eligible to pursue this course. Both male and female students may pursue this program.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Successful candidates may take on various roles such as- Flight attendants, Part of Ground staff, Office operator etc. Starting salary is generally between 4-6 Lakh Rupees per year. Some job posts available are:

§  Air Hostess

§  Steward

§  Front end Office operator

 

5 DIPLOMA IN AVIATION HOSPITALITY

Hospitality has become an indispensable element, no matter what Industry we are dealing with. Aviation sector is no different, it too requires qualified and skilled professionals, who are capable of taking care of Hospitality needs of the Aviation sector. The course duration is 1 year. Important subjects covered in this course are-

§  Introduction to Aviation Hospitality

§  Communications Skills

§  Management

§  Food and Beverage production

§  Foreign Languages

§  Front Office operations

§  Computer and IT skills

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 12th standard examinations (any stream) are eligible to apply for this course.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Successful candidates may land jobs like- Cabin crew, Ground staff, Office operators etc. Average starting salary is between 4-6 Lakh Rupees per year.

6 AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

A technical course that lasts 4 years, BE/B Tech Degree in Aeronautical Engineering will help you land a job related to the Aviation sector. Aeronautical Engineering is all about designing, manufacturing and maintaining Aircraft!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 12th Science stream (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects) are eligible to apply for this course. Students have to clear National as well as State level entrance tests to get admission in recognized Institutes.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates will be absorbed by Private Airlines. Over there, Graduates may work in jobs posts like- Chief Engineer, Research and Development Engineer, Design Engineer etc. Average starting salary is generally between 3-5 Lakh Rupees per year. 

7. B.SC. AVIATION

B.Sc. in Aviation is a 3 years long Undergraduate Degree program. This course covers topics such as Air Regulations, Navigation, Meteorology, Aircraft and Engine, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Security, Flight Safety and Crew Management. After pursuing this course, successful candidates may take up jobs such as Air Traffic Controller, Ground operations staff, Cargo management staff, Ticketing staff etc.

One may also go for PG courses related to Aviation sector, such as MBA (relevant), M.Sc. Aviation Safety, PG Diploma courses (relevant) etc. If interested, successful candidates may also go for CPL training!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 10+2 board examination (with Physics and Mathematics subjects) from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course. Minimum marks criteria may exist in case of many institutes (around 50% marks, may vary from one institute to another).

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates will be able to find a job at Airports. Diverse job opportunities are available in front of Aviation graduates. They may take on technical jobs such as Air traffic control, Safety management and technical ground operations. They may also take on management related jobs. Starting salary depends on the job profile and job location. It could be anywhere between 2-4 Lakh Rupees per year.

 

8. DIPLOMA IN AIRFARE AND TICKETING MANAGEMENT

This course will suit those who want to take up a ground duty job. It is a Diploma certificate course. Course duration could be anywhere between 6 months to 1 year. This course is available in part time as well as full time formats. The course covers topics such as- Airline codes, ticketing terminology, Electronic ticketing, Passport and Visas, Foreign Exchange, Airfares and ticketing software. After pursuing this course, one will be able to find job in the ticketing department.

Ticketing courses are also available in the form of combination courses. An example is- Diploma in Travel Management and Air Ticketing. There are various course combinations available, like the one mentioned above.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 10+2 board examination (any stream- Science, Commerce or Arts) or equivalent from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates will be able to find a job at Airports. Front office jobs can be easily bagged by Ticketing course Diploma holders. Airline customer care and service is another area where one may find a job, after completing this course. Average starting salary is around 2-3 Lakh Rupees per year.

9 AME (AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING)

AME is a 3 years long technical training course. Academic program is 2½ years long. After the academic program, students also have to go through 6 months long internship program. On successfully completing academic program and internship, one will be awarded AME license by the DGCA.

Aircraft maintenance engineers deal with inspection, maintenance and servicing of aircraft. Licensed AME professionals are usually hired by Government Airline as well as Private Airlines. Aviation Organizations, Aircraft maintenance firms and Flying Schools are also known to recruit them. For more details about this training course, check out this detailed guide- AME Course.

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Students who have passed 10+2 Science stream (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects) with minimum 50% aggregate marks are eligible to pursue this course. Diploma holders (with minimum 50% aggregate marks) are also eligible to pursue it.

SCOPE, SALARY AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Government Airline, Private Airlines, Aviation Organizations, Aircraft maintenance firms and Flying Schools known to recruit them AME professionals. They may also work for firms manufacturing aircraft parts. Starting salary is generally around 3-5 Lakh Rupees per year.

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