Aviation maintenance techs enjoy many career options. Technicians held some 140,000 jobs in 2008, and industry growth will require up to 650,000 new technicians through 2026. Starting salaries average $34,000 annually, and A&P technicians work for major airlines, aerospace manufacturing, aircraft MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) companies, U.S. Armed Forces, and the Federal Aviation Administration. There are also many job opportunities for A&P technicians inn other technical/mechanical industries such as amusement park ride inspectors, railroad workers, manufacturing equipment maintenance, and many others.
Upon graduation and certification, some successful students can walk right down the flight line to jobs within the Griffiss International Airport complex. For more on job prospects, see www.bls.gov/ooh.