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Aviation (B.S.) - Aviation Education Specialization

The Aviation Education Specialization is for students who wish to become Certified Flight Instructors and later be professional pilots in industry. Many of our graduates are in the airlines, military, government, and corporate workplaces. Top performing students of this option are often brought on as flight instructors in the SDSU program during their junior and senior years.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong communication and leadership skills
  • Good problem solver
  • Ability to get along with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to follow procedures
  • Love to travel and have a sense of adventure

Career Opportunities

  • Pilot
  • Flight instructor
  • Airline captain
  • Airport manager

Recent Employers

  • Sanford AirMed
  • SkyWest Airlines
  • Endeavor Airlines
  • SD Air National Guard
  • Charter First

Internship Opportunities

  • Brookings Airport
  • Various Flight Schools
  • Basin Electric

Suggested Minors

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Flying Jacks

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.