Thanks to all the globalization the aviation industry of India is on a roll. The increased aviation traffic directly impacts the job opportunities and that would require recruitment of resources who possess both technical skill and business acumen. There are a huge number of students who aspire to get into the institutions for a professional course in the aviation and Aerospace sector and are thriving to make it big in it. The professional aviation management courses require the applicants to have a degree in BBA in order to apply.

The aviation courses are spread over a tenure of two years and would cost a minimum of 3 – 5 lacs. The admission process involves an entrance exam like CAT, MAT, XAT, JMET etc., and would be followed by a round of counseling. While there are a number of institutions offering these courses. It definitely is a great idea to complete the course from a premier institute like IIM, Bangalore where they have GEMA – General Management Programme for Aerospace and Aviation Executives. The non-residential fee would cost Rs.6,20,000 and the residential fee would cost Rs.7,12,250 excluding the GST.

If an aspirant completes his/her degree from one of the top institutes they can pursue a career in Business Development, Sales. Market research, Facilities, Customer care, Client Servicing, Airport ground staffing, Airport representative and so on. Air India, Air Deccan, Spicejet, IndiGo, GoAir, and Vistara are some of the employers that would like to hire the students with an Aviation degree. The Average Salary of an MBA graduate in Airline Management would approximately range between 3 – 9 lacs and be higher than this based on the applicant’s experience and other factors.

The Master degree students of the Aviation course would have to study a range of subjects like Airport Operations Management, Airport support services and facilities, Airport financial management, Air traffic management and control systems, International Airports, Airline and carrier operations management and so on. The Course clearly is very beneficial to the aspirants and enables them to improve their decision-making skills at a managerial level and enables them to connect with the global participants from the Civil aviation industry.

A general Master’s in Aviation management requires a bachelor’s degree/ BBA. The students that would be the aspirants of the Master’s programme in Aviation need to pass through a private entrance exam, written test, group discussion, and an interview. The Master’s degree students should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in all the subjects of the exam and internal assessment tests to receive a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

The aviation industry has grown in leaps and bounds in the last decade and has inspired many students to apply for the professional courses and make a career in this sector. While the requirement for the skilled and unskilled professionals have increased it also has led to an increase in the number of institutions offering the bachelor’s and master’s degrees and other professional courses. While pursuing a degree or course in the aviation sector clearly is the next big dream of a major chunk of the youth, it is also important to start planning early in order to make it big in the industry.

A degree in aviation management enables the aspirant to excel in roles like Airport/Airline manager, Airport security manager, Air traffic controller, Business management, Airfield operator, and Freight & Cargo Management. The degree programmes cover subjects like physics, aerodynamics, management, finance, Aviation science, and airport economics and ensure that the students get a very good understanding of the various aspects of the airline/ airport management. The Aviation management course gives a thorough knowledge to the student and enhances his/her knowledge in the study of airlines with a business perspective.

The Master’s degree in the Aviation management comprises of four semesters. The first semester consists of subjects like Marketing, Financial and Human Resource Management, Business Communication, Principles of Management, and Airline & Airport management and covers the management perspective of the course. The second semester covers Quality management & six sigma, an in-depth study of MIS, Quantitative techniques, Managerial Economics, Aviation operations Safety & Security management and provides an in-depth study of the Aviation subjects.

The third-semester subjects ensure that the students get a more in-depth understanding of Strategic Management, Aviation Law & Insurance, Airline Economics, operations management, and Overview of Civil Aviation. The fourth and final semester involves the study of Airport Terminal operations, International business and Airport ramp operations which enables the students to better understand the intricate details of the industry. The final semester also expects the final year students to provide a Dissertation to end the course.

A career aspirant of the aviation industry needs to pursue a degree, obtain a certificate and then acquire a managerial position in the aviation industry. Once a degree or a master degree holder, the opportunities open up across the country and climbing the career ladder becomes a lot easier. Aviation is an industry that has its presence in every state and enables the aspirants to dream of a different location along with their dream job. The aviation industry offers a wide variety of job roles and also increases the chances of global dreams of the aspirants.

Pursuing a degree from a premier institute can pose a challenge to the students with a limited financial background. However, the pay structure is decent and definitely enables the aspirants to pay back their education loan once they are hired. While the premier institutes are clearly a better choice, the other leading tier II institutions also offer excellent programmes and also ensures that the pass outs get hired by some of the best in the industry through their placement cell.

Airlines/ Aviation industry has a wide array of job roles, some technical/ skilled, the others are non-technical and a certain set of job roles also requires business acumen in order to excel in some particular set of job roles. The courses offered by the institutes do provide a good mix of both technical and business/ leadership/ management skills and helps the students to have a thorough understanding of both the technicalities and the business side of the job once they are hired.

Globalization in India is on a high and has clearly increased the importance of the aviation sector. This has further led to some serious increase in the number of institutes providing the aviation courses both at the bachelor’s and master’s level. The increase in the air traffic also calls for a number of jobs being created in the engineering/ technical part. There has been an increase in the students enrolling in aviation engineering in order to pursue their dreams. More and more students are breaking the traditional norms of studying the typical courses and joining the aviation courses and taking one step further towards their dream of making it big.

Like any other industry, the Aviation industry also runs its usual risks, and the aspirants need to think in a broader perspective and ensure that they keep sharpening their skills in multiple areas so that they stay afloat in case of any challenges that may occur in the future of their career. However, considering the recent developments at the global level, pursuing a career in the aviation industry is clearly a lucrative opportunity.