The Path to a Business Aviation Career

Business aviation needs talented young professionals like you. That’s why NBAA is giving you the tools to go farther, faster.

As an undergraduate or high school student interested in aviation, you have plenty of options for your career path. Business aviation offers the greatest diversity of roles, aircraft and missions, as well as outstanding mentoring, internship and networking opportunities.

For college students, if your school is an NBAA member or UAA member, you have access to exclusive members-only pricing for NBAA events and education sessions, as well as members-only sections of this website. To get set up with a password, contact NBAA at (866) 363-4650 or membership@nbaa.org, or fill out the online form.

College students who are not affiliated with an NBAA- or UAA-member school may sign up for a free student password to give them access to the NBAA Jobs Board (must be 18 or older). Sign up for the student password for the Jobs Board.

Download our business aviation career fact sheet (PDF) or jump to NBAA resources.


Why Choose Business Aviation?

Business aviation is the use of any general aviation (GA) aircraft for a business purpose, and GA includes all flights that are not conducted by the military or the scheduled airlines. The business aviation community consists of companies of all sizes that rely on many different types of aircraft, as well as the services that support flight operations. Learn more about business aviation.

For those seeking careers in business aviation, this industry provides outstanding diversity in aircraft, missions, schedules and clients, and there are great prospects for jobs and career advancement at locations nationwide.

Business aviation provides a wide variety of job roles, including flight department managers and pilots, maintenance managers and technicians, safety and security specialists, schedulers and dispatchers, flight attendants and flight technicians, ground support specialists, aircraft manufacturing and design specialists, specialists in aviation law, specialists in aviation finance and charter sales professionals. NBAA provides resources for pursuing all of these career paths.


Business Aviation Insider Student Edition

For the first time, NBAA has produced a Student Edition of Business Aviation Insider magazine. This 2018-2019 edition contains articles about the value of aviation internships, students using creativity and STEM skills to design an aircraft, scholarship tips for success, and more. Download the student magazine. (PDF)


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