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 or have dreamed of being a part of making it happen, consider a career in the growing aviation and aerospace sector!

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks $21.26
Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler, Weigher $24.50
First-Line Supervisor $31.62
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Machinery Maintenance Worker $17.17
Avionics Technician $28.05
Aircraft Mechanic, Service Technician $29.15
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Systems Software Develoeper $33.27
Mechanical Engineer $36.68
Electrical Engineer $37.52
Industrial Engineer $40.78
Aerospace Engineer $49.56

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Pre-Engineering Academy Avalon Middle School
Pre-Engineering Academy Holley Navarre Middle School
Pre-Engineering Academy Sims Middle School
Pre-Engineering Academy Woodlawn Beach Middle School
Aviation Academy Milton High School
Engineering Academy Navarre High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
A.S. Aeronautics Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
A.S. Aviation Maintenance Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
A.S. Industrial Management Pensacola State College
Aviation Maintenance George Stone Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
B.S. Aerospace Engineering Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
B.S. Computer Science University of West Florida
B.S. Electrical Engineering University of West Florida
B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of West Florida

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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