Career Pathways in the
Aviation and Aerospace Industry

Every successful flight – through the clouds or into space – is the result of amazing work by a dedicated team. If you are fascinated with the magic of flight and have dreamed of being a part of making it happen, consider a career in the growing aviation and aerospace sector!

First

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Team Assemblers   $12.34
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders   $20.74
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers,
and Weighers
  $15.20

Next

Requires 2-4 years of education beyond high school or on-the-job work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers   $29.90
Machinists   $18.10
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers   $14.35
Welders, Pipefitters   $17.67

Later

Requires 4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Industrial Engineers   $31.48
Mechanical Engineers   $30.32
Chemists   $31.93
Architectural and Engineering Managers   $55.79
Aerospace Engineers   $47.54

First

Programs are middle and high school career exploration or career academy programs

Training Program   Institutions/School
Aviation Maintenance Academy   Booker T. Washington High School
National Flight Academy  

Escambia High School

Warrington Middle School

Aerospace Engineering   West Florida High School of Advanced Technology

Next

Programs are certifications, technical programs or 2-year degrees

Training Program   Institutions/School

A.S. Aviation Maintenance

A.S. Aeronautics

  Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Aviation Maintenance   George Stone Technical Center

A.S. Industrial Management

  Pensacola State College

Later

Programs are bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs

Training Program   Institutions/School

B.S. Aerospace Engineering

  Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

B.S. Computer Science

B.S. Mechanical Engineering**

B.S. Electrical Engineering

  University of West Florida

*Located in Santa Rosa County
** Program Coming Soon

Organized by Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Sources

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics - September 2015
Primary Data Collection - Greater Pensacola Chamber