Aviation

high flying careers await you

The love of flying and the pride of knowing that you kept travelers safe is what drives aviation maintenance technicians, pilots, navigators, UAS operators, designers, and more. Aviation is an ever-changing and high-demand career with new technologies being introduced frequently, commercial air travel increasing, and the use of small UAS vehicles (drones) being used in many sectors. Drones are tools that can be used across many industries but to effectively use them and produce useable data, knowledge in remote sensing, drone piloting and a knowledge of the industry you are supporting is a must. Agriculture, law enforcement, firefighting or conservation are a few examples of industries that can benefit from the addition of drone technology.

Airline Pilot

Fly or navigate airplanes or helicopters on scheduled routes.

State Median Salary

$102,167/YEAR

Future Outlook

5% GROWTH

Commercial Pilot

Fly or navigate airplanes or helicopters on non-scheduled routes.

State Median Salary

$90,742/YEAR

Future Outlook

5.3% GROWTH

Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Repair aircraft engines and other systems.

State Median Salary

$29.09/HOUR

Future Outlook

1.9% GROWTH

Avionics Technicians

Install, inspect and test electronic equipment in aircraft.

State Median Salary

$28.60/HOUR

Future Outlook

1.0% GROWTH

Find the right college for you

Minnesota State has 25 colleges with transportation related program pathways. Below is the list of colleges that support these career pathways. Expand each one to see what each college offers!

Campus Location
228, Wiecking Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN 56001
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Campus Location
851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904
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