The airline industry encompasses a myriad of different job positions ranging from pilots to mechanics to reservation agents and cargo handlers. If even a single one of those positions were absent, then we could accurately say, ‘Houston, we have a problem’.
Here are only five job-types, out of the many airline positions, that ensure your flight is booked, safe, and ready to roll.
Security agents, also known as TSA agents, have become a permanent fixture at airports due to foreign and domestic terror threats. Though they have gained a somewhat unsavory reputation from time to time, most people probably rest a bit easier knowing these individuals have checked carry-on luggage, passports, etc. to ensure no contraband enters the plane. These individuals must conduct their screenings in compliance with Transportation Security Administration regulations. More often than not, security agents are employed by the airport and not individual airlines.
Aircraft Mechanics and Avionics Technicians
Getting where we need to go in one piece, via a commercial or private jet, would be at the top of anyone’s wish list! Thanks to the skills of aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians, the aircraft you board on any given day is mechanically sound. These highly-trained people service and maintain aircraf and, like detectives, will investigate the inner workings of a plane to determine any potential problems. Avionics technicians deal, more specifically, with the electrical systems used on aircraft which would include communications, navigation, display panels and hundreds of other systems that are electricity reliant.
Air-traffic controllers do what their position states: they control air traffic and must be extremely talented at multitasking in order to do so. They provide landing and takeoff instructions to pilots and monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air. Additionally, air-traffic controllers provide invaluable data to pilots concerning weather updates, runway closures, and other critical information. By directing air traffic very efficiently, air-traffic controllers help to minimize delays. The multitasking comes in when these talented employees must manage multiple aircraft at the same time and must make lightening-quick decisions to ensure collisions and other potential tragedies are avoided. All this is skillfully accomplished through the utilization of radar, high-techcomputers, and visual references.
Flight attendants are diplomats, in their own right. They are the face of the airlines; and the quality of their service reflects on the airline’s name and reputation. Public relations is a key component of what sets one flight attendant apart from another. In fact, how flight attendants professionally interact with passengers is a major contributing factor of any airline’s bottom line, which is why intense training in public relations is so important. The air industry lives and dies by customer satisfaction; and a lion’s share of the type of customer satisfaction that is created is due to skilled flight attendants who know what to say and what to do in any given situation.
Corporate Jet Pilots
Corporate jet pilots are employed by large, often multi-national corporations that own their own jets. Pilots are hired to perform daily, or almost-daily flights, to ensure corporate executives arrive quickly and in style at various meetings and site visits.
Corporate pilots must be very well versed in filing flight plans for all upcoming trips and be able to clearly and efficiently modify and file new plans as dictated by the passengers or clients. Knowledge in all areas of safety is crucial for a corporate jet pilot. He or she must report any jet safety issues as they might occur as well as perform regular inspections of the respective craft in addition to the routine inspections from an airplane mechanic. Corporate pilots will, also, inspect aircraft for weight distribution and fuel amounts that must comply with FAA regulations.
The airline industry offers a plethora of job types; and many people who come out of the military find very satisfying jobs in the airline arena. Flexible schedules, generous pay, good benefits, and some possible travel perks attract people to seek careers in the airline industry.