From teaching to putting out wildfires, there are a few fun and unique careers in aviation. If you’re passionate about flying but don’t want to go into a common area of piloting, below are 3 exciting alternatives.
Aircraft Mechanic & Avionics Equipment Technician – If you’re passionate about aviation but prefer to stay grounded, you may want to look into becoming an avionics equipment technician or an aircraft mechanic. These careers both handle repair work for all types of aircraft, and necessary and scheduled maintenance checks. Maintenance checks include diagnosing mechanical or electrical problems, conducting safety inspections, repairing and replacing plane components, and evaluating flight data.
Air Ambulance Pilot – This career path is not for the faint of heart! Being an air ambulance pilot puts you in intense situations every day. These situations include transporting medical staff, delivering organs for transplant, and airlifting people out of dangerous or emergency situations. If you’re a pilot and an adrenaline junkie, air ambulance pilot might be the career for you!
Firefighter Pilot – Becoming a firefighter pilot involves multiple job requirements including delivering supplies and cargo to firefighters on the ground or flying in hundreds of gallons of water to put out a wildfire. This job may require you to work in remote locations for weeks at a time.
Please remember that there is additional training and education required for these positions. It’s a good idea to do extensive research before pursuing any type of career in aviation! For more tips on becoming a pilot, please contact Elevate Aviation here in Salt Lake City, Utah.