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Air Transportation! No form of U.S. transportation has changed and grown more rapidly in the past 60 years!

People and cargo - the U.S. Air Transportation system is absolutely crucial to the movement of both.

Pilots and flight attendants may be the most visible employees, but did you realize that 2 out of every 3 workers in this industry work in a ground occupation.

Aircraft mechanics, service technicians, cargo and baggage handlers, reservation and ticket agents - these are just some of the occupations needed to run today's commercial and charter airlines.

Plane Taking Off - copyright © 2006 Sir Mildred Pierce - used with permission

Many mechanics learn their jobs in one of around 200 trade schools certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). About one-third of these schools award two and four year degrees in avionics, aviation technology, or aviation maintenance management. For various customer service representative occupations, a high school diploma or its equivalent is the minimum entry-level educational requirement. In addition, these positions require strong communications and problem-solving skills.

Career opportunities in Air Transportation are worth a closer look! The links that follow will help learn more about careers and jobs in the Air Transportation industry.

Three sites have information on air transportation. We highlight the sites and the content we think you'll find useful as you explore your career options in this area of transportation.

For a quick overview of what the site below offers, click the link.


Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

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