Air Transportation

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

7,679

declining 3.52%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$5,938

growing 4.99%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$27,930

growing 2.01%

Average Wage

$96,020

growing 0.674%

People in Workforce

150,606

declining 0.563%

Average Employee Age

43.7

growing 1.2%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Air Transportation degree recipients are Daytona Beach, FL, Auburn, WA, and Grand Forks, ND. The locations with a relatively high number of Air Transportation degree recipients are Kalaoa, HI, Daytona Beach, FL, and Auburn, WA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Air Transportation is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Air Transportation and the types of students that study this field. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide awards the most degrees in Air Transportation in the US, but Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology and Mauna Loa Helicopters have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Air Transportation.

Tuition costs for Air Transportation majors are, on average, $5,938 for in-state public colleges, and $27,930 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Air Transportation programs are Public, 2-year institutions (80 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (3,185 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Air Transportation, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (3,185 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Air Transportation programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$5,938

Median In-State Public

$27,930

Median Out of State Private

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide has the most Air Transportation degree recipients, with 1,935 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Air Transportation programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology and Mauna Loa Helicopters have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Air Transportation, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Air Transportation

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Air Transportation by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Air Transportation.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Transportation graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Transportation majors is $96,020 and the most common occupations are Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Miscellaneous managers, and Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

The industry that employs the most Transportation majors is Air transportation, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Nondepository credit & related activities.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

$96,020

Average Wage in Workforce

± $5,375

0.674%

1 Year Growth

± 7.86%

The average salary for Transportation majors is $96,020 and the most common occupations are Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Miscellaneous managers, and Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Transportation majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Transportation majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Transportation majors working as Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, and Transportation inspectors.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Transportation majors are Marketing & sales managers, Ship & boat captains & operators, and Financial managers.

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Occupations by Share

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150,606

2017 Workforce

± 9,523

0.563%

1 Year Growth

± 8.98%

The number of Transportation graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 0.563%, from 151,458 in 2016 to 150,606 in 2017.

The largest single share of Transportation graduates go on to work as Aircraft pilots & flight engineers (24.1%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Transportation by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

The most common industries that employ Transportation majors, by number of employees, are Air transportation, Services incidental to transportation, and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paying industries of Transportation majors, by average wage, are Nondepository credit & related activities, Water transportation, and Petroleum refining.

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

150,606

2017 Workforce

± 9,523

0.563%

1 Year Growth

± 8.98%

The number of Transportation graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.563%, from 151,458 in 2016 to 150,606 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Transportation graduates by share is Air transportation, followed by Services incidental to transportation. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Transportation.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Transportation majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Transportation majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Transportation in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Transportation is 43.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Transportation degrees, and White students earn the majority (4,344) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

43.7

Average Age in 2017

± 0.743 Years

1.2%

1 Year Change

± 2.41%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Transportation. The most common ages of employees with this major are 50 and 48 years old, which represent 4.1% and 3.76% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Air Transportation are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Transportation are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (84%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Air Transportation.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,344 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien

    798 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    751 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Air Transportation for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    2,277 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    302 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    298 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Air Transportation. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Air Transportation is from the 2 Digit Course Transportation.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Philippines

    2,180 degree recipients

  2. India

    1,094 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    702 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Brazil

    2.44 times more than expected

  2. Philippines

    2.42 times more than expected

  3. Cuba

    1.29 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Brazil that hold Transportation degrees (2.44 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Philippines (2,180 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Air Transportation field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Air Transportation majors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Air Transportation majors need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Operation and Control.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Air Transportation majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Management of Financial Resources is very distinctive for majors, but the Critical Thinking, Monitoring, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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