The Top 10 Aviation Colleges And Universities For 2017

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Aviation is an incredibly diverse industry, with jobs available in air traffic controlling, aircraft mechanics, flight instructing, piloting, engineering, and more. These positions range from customer service to the highly technical, and can include long hours and extensive travel.

Job growth and employment opportunities for aviation professionals vary across concentrations. For instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for airline and commercial pilots is $105,720, with job growth in the industry projected at 5% by 2024. For equipment mechanics and technicians, jobs are expected to increase by 1%, with an average salary of $60,270 per year.

Depending on what aspect of the industry you decide to study, there are quality programs, both traditional and online, that provide the technical and foundational skills necessary to become an aviation professional.


1. Purdue University
Purdue University was founded in 1869 when businessman John Purdue donated both land and money for the development of a college focused on the sciences and technology.

Now, the Purdue University West Lafayette campus boasts more than 200 undergraduate majors and over 69 master’s and doctoral programs. The Purdue School of Aviation was recognized in its field well before the founding of the Purdue Polytechnic School.

Since its founding, however, this institution has climbed in the rankings of relative programs, offering research opportunities as well as degrees in areas such as: biofuels testing and development, gender issues in aviation, high-performance turbine operating, human factors/crew management, and more.

The Purdue Polytechnic School of Aviation and Transportation and Technology combines a comprehensive teaching model with hands-on training education techniques.

As this university is a school with a focus on teaching and the sciences, you can expect their aviation school to match up with its ranking. Within this aviation college, there are seven possible undergraduate aviation degrees, including but not limited to aerospace financial analysis, aviation management, and professional flight.

The graduate school offers three programs: an MS in aviation and aerospace management (online and on-campus) or a doctorate in aviation technology. Coursework primarily focuses on technical and scientific areas of study, but there are also general education requirements for graduation. In addition to learning done in the classroom, you will be able to practically use your skills via simulations.