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Aviation (B.S.) - Aviation Education Specialization

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Creating aviation educators.

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

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.