It is Never Too Late to Earn That DegreeIt is Never Too Late to Earn That Degree


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It is Never Too Late to Earn That Degree

When I was a teenager, my parents encouraged me to begin college directly after I graduated high school. However, I wanted to take a short one-year break from school. After landing a full-time waitressing job and earning pretty good money for a year, my motivation to continue my education vanished. After over a decade of waitressing, I began developing back pain, and I knew I needed to go back to college, but I was so afraid! I finally just "did it" and registered for classes at a local college. I forgot how much I loved learning! I am now a social worker and really love helping others. Since having a good education is such an important part of living a healthy, happy life, I decided to make a blog to share my educational tips. I hope I can help empower you to succeed in any educational endeavor you take!

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Earning An Associate's Degree In Aviation

Those dreaming of a career in aviation could hardly be living at a better time right now. Today, aviation is a thriving industry that's growing all the time, and well-trained flight personnel are in high demand. A college degree isn't necessarily required to become a pilot, as there are other paths to a career in the air, but like any other profession, those with a degree will be given preference. An associate's degree in aviation flight technology is the first step. Luckily there's no lack of aviation schools in the U.S., offering flight training from basic to Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) level.

Many Exciting Opportunities

Most students entering flight training at aviation colleges plan on becoming a pilot for the airlines, but there are many other opportunities for trained airmen. Cargo transport, air taxi and air ambulance, search and rescue, pipeline and power line inspection, sightseeing tours, banner towing, crop dusting, and flight instruction are all lucrative and rewarding careers that can be realized with an associate's degree in aviation. Flight instruction is the traditional gateway into these other opportunities and is a place to earn money while gaining the flying hours and experience needed to be attractive to potential employers.

A Demanding Course Of Study

Flight training at one of the nation's aviation schools towards an associate's degree isn't easy. A student must first earn a private pilot's certificate, which requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, both with an instructor and solo, and then learn to fly by instruments alone to earn the instrument rating. Then they'll work on their commercial license, which will allow them to carry passengers for hire.

After that, most will choose to earn their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating, and then multi-engine instrument, and eventually the ATP rating, although it's not essential for many pilot careers. Students must do all of this while taking the usual required courses in English, math, science, etc. It's demanding and requires discipline and determination.

A Bright And Rewarding Future

The future looks good for airline and commercial pilots. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for pilots was over $102,000 in 2015, and jobs were expected to grow by 5% through 2024. It should be noted that this doesn't take into account opportunities in flying drones, a field that's just beginning to take off.

An associate's degree from one of the many aviation schools in America is a ticket to a great career.