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become a pilot with good A-levels
but having a science or engineering
degree will help considerably.
You'll need a private pilot's licence,
followed by a commercial pilot's
licence and an airline transport pilot's
licence. The latter takes between
nine and 36 months to gain.
DO AIRPORTS AND FLYING
FILL YOU WITH EXCITEMENT?
IF SO A CAREER IN AVIATION
MAY BE THE PERFECT FIT
How can I progress? Promotion
from first officer to captain can take
around 15 years with ongoing training.
You could become a flight instructor
or take on a senior management role.
How much can I earn? You start at
£15,000 to £20,000, but large airlines
pay between £38,000 and £50,000.
Air traffic controllers must be
motivated and conscientious
Experienced captains on long-haul
flights can earn up to £150,000.
Air traffic controller
Air traffic controllers manage aircraft
through all aspects of the flight from
take off to landing, using radar and
radio to communicate with pilots.
Some specialise in different stages
of the process, including approach
controllers and aerodrome controllers.
What skills do I need? Five
GCSEs grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) are
mandatory and a degree providing
numeracy and technical skills is a
bonus. Training takes a year through
National Air Traffic Services, which
stipulates you need to be motivated,
conscientious and decisive.
How can I progress? After the
year's training, you'll need a further
two years' hands-on experience before
becoming fully qualified. You can
then progress to supervisor level.
How much can I earn? Starting
salary is just over £13,000, rising
to £17,000 after training and, with
experience, to £36,000 and more.
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