As you can imagine, there are many different careers within the field of aviation. From pilots, to airplane mechanics, to airport operators and everything in between. A great way to help you decide which career is best for you, would be to join a professional aviation organization.
These organizations will help you in your career search by providing great first-hand knowledge from people who work in the field. And, most of these organizations offer free student memberships, with all the fringe benefits of a paid membership.
Listed below are a variety of organizations that can assist you in your aviaton career search.
Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS)
WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 5,000 members- both men and women - WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry.
Air Traffic Control Association
The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) provides students with information about a career in the field of air traffic control. Membership benefits include career advice from current air traffic controllers, scholarship and college information, and factual data on timely issues facing the air traffic control system.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will introduce you to the exciting field of aviation by offering the support and information needed to get you started in the world of flight.
Airport Minority Advisory Council
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only professional organization dedicated to promoting minority and women-owned businesses in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in airport employment. Membership benefits include networking opportunities, magazine and newsletter subscriptions focused on real-time airport issues, and college scholarship information.
Aerospace States Association
The Aerospace States Association (ASA) is a bi-partisan representative of the grass roots of American Aerospace. It is an organization of Lieutenant Governors and state appointed delegates. ASA was formed to promote a state-based perspective in federal aerospace policy development and support state aerospace initiatives that enhance student/teacher education outreach and economic development opportunities. ASA is now working to rally America to improve U.S. global aviation/aerospace competitiveness.
American Association of Airport Executives
The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the largest organization of airport professionals in the world. Member benefits include access to valuable training programs, information on available scholarships, and airport specific job opportunities.
Army Aviation Association of America
The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) is open to anyone who is interested in U.S. Army Aviation. AAAA explores every aspect of aviation within the Army and provides information on the many opportunities within Army Aviation. Membership benefits include a subscription to Army Aviation Magazine, scholarship information, and great networking opportunities.
Experimental Aviation Association - Young Eagles
The Young Eagles gives young people, ages 8-17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane, free of charge. The Young Eagles also offers students an understanding of what it takes to earn a pilot's license, how to apply for college scholarships, and an awareness of the many careers that aviation has to offer.
General Aviation Airport Coalition
The General Aviation Airport Coalition (GAAC) mission is to preserve and promote the nation's general aviation airports. GAAC unifies the voice of GA airports to support legislation and policies that benefit GA airports and promotes the awareness of the economic impact of general aviation.
National Business Aviation Association
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show.
The Ninety-Nines, Inc.
The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight. The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) offers students many exciting educational opportunities including field trips to aviation and aerospace facilities. These experiences offer first-hand knowledge about a career in aviation. Membership benefits include newsletters, scholarship and internship information, and much more.
Texas Aviation Association
The Texas Aviation Association (TXAA) provides members with great networking and career mentoring opportunities for students interested in a career in Texas, in the field of aviation. TXAA also provides members with specialized knowledge about the benefits, challenges, and future outlook of general aviation in Texas.
Texas Commercial Airports Association
The Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA) is a newly formed organization open to the 25 commercial passenger airports in Texas. TCAA was formed to collaborate on airport issues which will support new economic development and benefit travelers in the state.
Women in Aviation, International
Women in Aviation, International is an organization dedicated to providing education, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.