Today's Military:

Aviation Careers


The Military operates thousands of airplanes and helicopters. In addition to piloting these aircraft, Aviation officers perform key duties in navigation, air traffic control and flight operations. Jobs in this career field require intense training and grace under pressure. While many aircraft are flown domestically, there is also a lot of opportunity for international travel.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Pilot aircraft
  • Inspect aircraft before and after flights
  • Monitor engine instruments and adjust controls
  • Manage air traffic control center operations to ensure safe flights
  • Investigate and solve problems in control center operations
  • Direct aircraft course using radar, sight and other navigation methods
  • Operate bombardier systems during bombing runs
  • Develop flight plans showing air routes and schedules

Helpful Attributes

Useful fields of study include mathematics, physics and aerospace, electrical, mechanical or aeronautical engineering. Helpful attributes include:

  • Strong desire to fly
  • Ability to stay calm in stressful situations
  • Self-confidence and decisiveness
  • Normal color vision

Training Provided

Flight school consists of academic and flight instruction. Sample courses include:

  • Flying Techniques and Emergency Procedures
  • Weather and Navigation
  • Combat Skills and Tactics
  • Operation of Aircraft Systems
  • Inspection of Aircraft Engines, Structures and Systems
  • Operational Procedures for Air Traffic Control
  • Communications and Radar Procedures

More about Aviation Training

Aviation Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Commercial Pilot (passenger or freight)
  • Commercial Air Traffic Controller
  • Commercial Flight Engineer

Related Career Fields

Aviation – Enlisted
Naval and Maritime Operations – Officer
Transportation, Supply and Logistics – Officer
Engineering and Scientific Research – Officer
Combat Operations – Officer
Communications Equipment Technologists and Technicians – Officer

Related Resources

Aviation Training
Officer Commissioning Process
Officer Training
Service Academies and Military Colleges

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