Why Are There So Few Females in the Aeronautics Field?

While at the airport, have you ever wondered why the only females you see are typically flight attendants or the women behind the check-in desk? It seems as though females are outnumbered by males in the field of aeronautics, but why? Here at Sheffield, we go back into the history and take a closer look at this phenomenon.


It is all too surreal when upon boarding your airplane, the people checking you in to your flight and the flight attendants are typically females. How many times has the pilot on your flight been a female pilot? Woman today only make up about 5 percent of the 53,000 members of the Air Line Pilots Association, which represent the pilots at the major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada [1].

Believe it or not, an even more bizarre statistic is that if you want to run into a female pilot who has gone through aeronautics school and is certified, you’d have to meet 5,623 women before you’d meet said female pilot [2].

The good news is: there is an increase of 3,000 female pilots per decade since 1970, and there is an estimated projection for this number to rise [3].

Being a Female Pilot

Reading those statistics are scary, and understanding the premise of being a female pilot can be stressful. The cost expenses to go to airline dispatcher school or an aeronautics school is the same for both men and women – there is no difference when it come to the facts. Both the men and women have to log the same number of flying hours to be a certified pilot, both have to go through the same rigorous testing at aeronautics schools, and both have to learn the ins and outs of an aircraft.

However, when it comes to maternity leave and breastfeeding, not many options are left open for women. The work-life balance is nearly impossible for women without having a caregiver or family and friends to raise and care for their child while they fly. In fact, the majority of female pilots got into their position because they were raised and brought up into it by a family member in the profession.

Outlook Towards the Future

Although there may be only 26 percent of female air traffic controllers and 18 percent of female flight dispatchers [4], here at Sheffield Schools of Aeronautics we accept and encourage women to join or programs and follow their dreams of having a career in aeronautics.

Sheffield is an aeronautics school that strives for the future, and we have the same hopes and dreams for all men and women. If you have any questions regarding our aircraft dispatcher programs or have what it takes to become an aircraft dispatcher, you can always contact us! We want your dreams to soar!


  1. http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/03/18/female.airline.pilots/index.html
  2. https://www.womenofaviationweek.org/five-decades-of-women-pilots-in-the-united-states-how-did-we-do/
  3. https://www.womenofaviationweek.org/five-decades-of-women-pilots-in-the-united-states-how-did-we-do/


  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  • Testimonials

    Good afternoon Eric, I wanted to reach out to let you know that training at (airline) is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier that I chose Sheffield. My classmates, while very smart, definitely had subpar training and that has been very evident. I have waited to write a full scale review of the […] Attending Sheffield School benefits airline new hires in preparation for airline training
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    ” I have received 4 (job) offers…many of the interviews I have gotten have been because of my “pedigree”…going to Sheffield. I am amazed at the respect your school has….I am honored to be a graduate. Thank you for all the work you ..!”  Testimonial – J. Ganci
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
    “now that I’ve been in an indoctrination class with students from other schools, I know I made the right choice with Sheffield.”   Kindest regards,  A.R.  All schools are created equal?! yeah…sure ;)
    “Eric Morris is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on Aircraft Dispatching in the United States. He strives constantly to make the industry better.” DH sidebar DH
    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
    “As a graduate of the aircraft dispatcher program at the Sheffield School of Aeronautics…My training was intense and thorough and furnished me with the requisite skills for performing my current job as a Flight Dispatch Supervisor.” N.S. Sidebar NS
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
    “Going to Sheffield prepared me for the real world challenges of Aircraft Dispatching. I certainly believe that the method Sheffield used is one not only for success in a real world career, but also one that prepares students to correctly dispatch aircraft.” T.Z. Sidebar TZ
    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    “Being that half my new hire class dropped out over the course of training, I can confidently say that Sheffield helped to prepare me for the real world.” GT – abridged testimonial – school selection matters
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect