Australia has one of the most highly developed Aviation industries in the world. Each year, more than 60 million people travel within Australia and over one million tonnes of freight is carried across the country. Combining commercial and business travel, Aviation injects $43 billion into the economy.

Aviation products are offered in a competitive marketplace. Australia is home to some of the best airlines in the world but also has significant hubs for airlines based in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Careers in Aviation 

The Australian Aviation industry employs 88,000 people who work in diverse specialisations, from pilots and ground operations, to marketing and security. Aviation is heavily engaged and dependent on technical advancements, including the development of hybrid aircraft and drones. Thanks to a focus on technology and innovation, Aviation is seeing an increase in global job opportunities. With the sector experiencing high growth, the demand for aviation professionals in tech, management and marketing is at an all-time high.

Relevant Roles

  • Air Traffic Controller 
  • Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanic and Technician
  • Airline and Commercial Pilot
  • Airfreight Manager
  • Airport Planner
  • Aviation Operations Controller
  • Flight Analyst
  • Cargo Marketing Manager
  • Cabin Crew Manager
  • Fleet Planner

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Career Paths at UNSW

Aviation at UNSW Science is a great career path if you are interested in STEM, management, design and critical thinking. We offer two highly regarded degrees dependent on your interests. The Bachelor of Aviation (Flying) will train you to become a pilot, while exposing you to other areas such as Airline and Airport Management, Marketing, Policy Development, Training, Research and Teaching.

If you prefer to be on the ground working in Flight Operations Management; Aviation Economics; Law and Regulations or Airline Marketing and Safety, the Bachelor of Aviation (Management) will suit you.

Learn the science of flight and aviation management with our undergraduate degrees: 

Advance your career with our postgraduate degree options and take your study to the next level.