Choosing the Right Career in Aviation


Aviation is a fun and exciting career path, but comes with a specific lifestyle. A career in aviation comes with the inability to be home for extensive periods of time, including holidays. However, aviation offers a great lifestyle for young adults or singles who want to travel the world. Each branch of aviation has different needs and criterion in order to enter their workforce. It’s important to consider these differences when choosing a career in aviation.  Sheffield School of Aeronautics shares “three Fs” that should be vital when considering the right career in aviation for your needs.



When choosing a career, you need to guarantee your happiness. You typically spend eight hours a day for five days a week at your job, so make sure that you like it. If you’re easily overwhelmed, a career as an air traffic controller may not be suitable for you. Air traffic controlling is said to be one of the most stressful careers in aviation. It is important to find something that you are passionate about, and something makes you feel like you’re making a difference.

Aircraft dispatchers are the “captain on the ground”. They handle the safe operation of numerous flights in their assigned flight path. Although being an aircraft dispatcher can be challenging, it’s a highly beneficial position. Some benefits of being an aircraft dispatcher are great salaries, insurance, paid holidays, paid vacations, and retirement plants including stock options. Not to mention – you travel for free or reduced fares, so seeing the world is affordable!



Regardless of how great things are going, nothing in life is promised. It’s important to consider the future when deciding on a career path. Choose a career that has job security and opportunities for growth. Every commercial airlines company has a center hub that requires aircraft dispatchers. Getting an FAA-Accredited Certification in aircraft dispatching will secure you a bright future with a guaranteed salary.



Although it’s important to choose a career that makes you happy, you also need to make sure that you, your family, and your future are safe from financial burden, which can ultimately cause unhappiness. It’s important to love your job, but if you’re not making enough money to pay your living expenses then you need to consider another career choice. Look into the industries that you’re considering and become familiar with their starting and maximum salaries. This will give you a rough estimate of what you can expect to make now and in the future. View aircraft dispatcher salary here.

Being an aircraft dispatcher is a great career choice. You will receive amazing benefits with a competitive salary and job security. Aircraft dispatchers have a desirable lifestyle that allow them to travel for free or reduced fares with a stable home station. If you have a strong attention to detail and desire an exciting career in aviation, an aircraft dispatcher is the job for you!

Sheffield School of Aviation has been training students for over 65 years for a career in aircraft dispatching. As the oldest and most reputable aircraft dispatcher school, Sheffield can help you jumpstart your career fast. Call 800-843-8289 today to speak with an admissions counselor about your future!


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    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
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