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768 Master's Degrees Annually
10 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#125 in Popularity (Master's)
$96,530 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Air Transportation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many air transportation graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 768
Doctor’s Degree 10
Graduate Certificate 1

What Air Transportation Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, air transport majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Air Transport Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in air transport should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Air Transport Majors

A major in air transport prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Abilities for Air Transport Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a air transport student include the following:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Air Transportation Major?

People with a air transport degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Logistics Managers 6.8% $94,730
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.8% $94,730
Transportation Managers 6.8% $94,730

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Air Transportation?

768 Master's Degrees Annually
24% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 76% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of air transport majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Air Transport Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 27
Black or African American 64
Hispanic or Latino 63
White 440
International Students 93
Other Races/Ethnicities 81

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Air Transport. About 12.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
  • Japan

How Much Do Air Transportation Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of air transportation students with a master’s degree is $74,100 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $59,500 (25th percentile) and $74,100 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to air transport.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $56,760 to $120,830 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to air transport. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Air Transportation Major  ( 56760 to 120830 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with air transport may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to air transport have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 22.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 11.8%
Some College Courses 7.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 15.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.8%
Master’s Degree 3.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%

Online Air Transportation Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 221 schools offered some type of air transportation program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 86 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 46 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 177 10
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 86 4
Master’s Degree 21 12
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Air Transportation Worth It?

The median salary for a air transport grad is $96,530 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 142% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,132,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to air transport.

Major Number of Grads
Other Transportation & Materials Moving 11

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