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Here is a list of common questions about aviation careers and training. Click on the question for a drop down of the answer. If you can’t find your question here, please feel free to contact us.

QWhat kinds of careers are available in the Canadian aviation industry?

There is a wide range of careers available in Canadian aviation.

You can be a pilot, flying everything from a single-engine bush propeller plane to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

You can be an aircraft maintenance engineer who services and repairs aircraft; an airport operations specialist who manages airports large and small; or an air traffic controller who safely handles aircraft arrivals and departures.

Similarly, you can be an aerospace engineer who designs and builds aircraft, or a flight attendant who seats and serves passengers on flights across Canada, and the world!

The choices are many, and the possibilities are almost endless. See them all in the Fly Canada Career Pathways section.


QWhat are the job opportunities in this industry?

Thanks to the growth of airline and air freight traffic, coupled with the retiring of the Baby Boomers, the career possibilities are strong in all areas of Canadian aviation. These are generally long-term, well-paying jobs with room for growth as you gain experience and expertise.

Look through each of the various positions listed in the Fly Canada Career Pathways section for more information.


QDo I need to go to school to work in Canadian aviation?

It depends on the type of your career you decide to pursue.

A flight attendant is trained directly by their airline upon hiring.

Pilots have to earn their licenses and build up a certain level of hours spent flying before airlines will look at them; with the number of hours (and training in specific aircraft types) dependent on which companies they are applying to.

Other positions such as aircraft maintenance technicians and air traffic controllers require specific forms of education before hiring can occur.

Look through each of the various positions listed in the Fly Canada Career Pathways section for more information.


QWhere can I find out about training?

The training you will need depends on the aviation career(s) that interest you.

In turn, the training facilities and schools required to pursue these careers varies from career to career.

See the links at Pilot Career Centre Canada for flight schools, colleges, and universities for more information.


QAre there student loans and scholarships to help with my education?

Yes! Government funding varies from province to province. Some provincial governments only offer funding for in-class, but not flight training. Others offer funding for both. Speak to your educational institution for details.

Scholarships are also available on a limited basis across Canada. Check out the Scholarships page for more details and links.


QAre there associations and other sources I can tap into to learn more about the aviation industry and potential careers?

Yes, there are. Find the details at the Fly Canada Organizations page.


QIs this industry offering equal career opportunities to women?

Yes! There is room for women as well as men in Canadian aviation, and organizations that exist to help make this happen.

Learn more at the Women in Aviation page.