What to expect from a career in Aviation Management
A career in the continually evolving and growing aviation industry can be demanding but also very rewarding, as it plays an important role in travel, trades and the military. From flight dispatch and ground operations to flight planning and more, aviation management programs at Ontario colleges lead to a wide assortment of positions with airlines, airports, private companies and government agencies.
If you’re interested in the many opportunities available in the aviation management sector, here’s what you need to know.
Aviation Management Courses
Aviation management programs prepare students for diverse careers through a combination of theory and practical courses in airport planning, operations and management, as well as flight dispatch. The advanced curriculum results in an in-depth knowledge of the aviation industry on both national and international levels.
Jobs in aviation management demand a clear understanding of aviation safety, regulations, procedures and emergency management, which students will develop in these programs. On top of courses in aviation law and regulations, students will gain basic business skills in accounting, economics and statistics.
Some Ontario college aviation management programs also incorporate flight courses, where students log both simulated and real flight hours that can be put towards gaining their Commercial Pilot Licence.
General Aviation Management Program Requirements
Aviation management programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English and math credit. An aviation medical exam is also required.
Aviation Management Jobs and Salaries
Graduates of aviation management programs find positions with airlines, airports, the government and more. Job positions include (but aren’t limited to):
- Flight Dispatcher
- Airport Manager
- Flight Planner
- Emergency Planner
- System Operations Manager
Aviation management programs at Ontario colleges can also be used as preparation for those who want to further their education in other areas of aviation, such as air traffic control and pilot programs.
The average starting salary in aviation management is between $30,000 and $35,000 per year, but will vary depending on the position and organization. There are also many opportunities to move into different roles once a higher level of experience is reached.
Ontario Colleges Offering Aviation Management Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of aviation management programs at Ontario colleges.