While in high school, an aspiring aviation inspector's field of study could include physics, computer science, algebra, geometry, electronics, and mechanical drawing. These courses are helpful because they teach some of the basic principles that will be required for this career.

Being an aviation inspector can be a difficult career and requires an understanding of the mechanical aspects of an aircraft, as well as the internal electronics and the composite material from which the structure is likely made. With the lives of so many people in their hands, being an aviation inspector is a highly stressful job and although much of their experience is gained in a vocational setting, certification is also required from the respective aviation authority.

Most aviation inspectors obtain a two or four year degree as an aircraft mechanic, as well as government certification. They then attend one of the 170 FAA approved institutions where they engage in 1900 class hours; approximately 18-24 months. There, they learn how to use the equipment and tools necessary for the job. Until they receive their FAA certification, these prospective aviation inspectors must be supervised by certified mechanics. It is recommended that an aspiring aviation inspector have five or more years of aircraft maintenance experience to qualify for the position.

What are Aviation Inspectors like?


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Aviation Inspectors by Strongest Interest Archetype

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Are Aviation Inspectors happy?


Aviation Inspectors rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 73rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Aviation Inspector Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Aviation Inspectors

The most common degree held by Aviation Inspectors is Aerospace Engineering. 4% of Aviation Inspectors had a degree in Aerospace Engineering before becoming Aviation Inspectors. That is over 19 times the average across all careers.

Aviation Inspector Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Aviation Inspector, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Aviation Inspectors % of population Multiple
Aerospace Engineering 4.3% 0.2% 18.9×

Aviation Inspector Education Levels

81% of Aviation Inspectors have an associate's degree. 19% of Aviation Inspectors have a high school diploma.

No education 0%
High school diploma 19%
Associate's degree 81%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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