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Aviation Studies

If you love flying fast through wide open skies and don't mind a little turbulence now and again, a degree in Aviation Studies leading to a career in aviation or as a pilot could be your dream ticket.

Types of Degrees

Aviation Studies students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). If you wish to become a pilot, look for programs offering the practical, hands-on experience required for licensure by the Federal Aviation Administration, though an Aviation degree is also useful for those interested in the industry but not in becoming a pilot.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in science, math, and engineering coursework as well as extracurricular experience in aviation engineering, mechanics, or flying helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Aviation Studies Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Aviation Studies include:

  • Pilot
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aviation Safety Expert
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a commercial pilot was $121,430 in 2021 (1). Air traffic controllers made a median salary of $122,990 in 2020 (2).

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and what company the job is for. Those working for large, corporate airlines can expect higher salaries than those working for smaller airline companies.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.