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585 Associates's Degrees Annually
3,710 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#60 in Popularity (Associate's)
$102,850 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Air Transportation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,710
Associate Degree 585
Basic Certificate 94
Undergraduate Certificate 30

What General Air Transportation Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for General Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for General Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology Majors

A major in general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Abilities for General Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology student include the following:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in General Air Transportation?

585 Associate's Degrees Annually
13% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 87% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 52
Hispanic or Latino 79
White 343
International Students 25
Other Races/Ethnicities 67

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in General Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology. About 4.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Air Transportation Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

General Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology majors often go into careers with median salaries of $102,850. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 28.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.7%
Some College Courses 4.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 17.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 44.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.7%

Online General Air Transportation Programs

In the 2020-2021 academic year, 94 schools offered some type of general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 24 4
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 10 6
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 4
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Air Transportation Worth It?

The median salary for a general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology grad is $102,850 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 158% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,259,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to general aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology.

Major Number of Grads
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot & Flight Crew 2,221
Aviation/Airway Management & Operations 1,816
Air Traffic Controller 338
Other Air Transportation 317
Airline Flight Attendant 44
Flight Instructor 38

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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