One of the best feelings a human can have is to soar through the sky in their own airplane or similar flight vehicle. No matter what education or professional experience you have, it’s never too late to start your career in aviation.

According to Forbes, the world is bound for a shortage of airplane pilots both in the passenger and private industries, with estimates landing (pun intended) at 790,000 pilots less than what is needed by the year 2037. This will make it more lucrative for existing and future pilots to devote the remainder of their careers to aviation, whether in civilian transportation, overseas shipping, military or another niche.

However, in order to get your career in aviation started, there are several things you should take into account to prepare properly. Let’s take a look at the steps and guidelines necessary to start your flight career successfully and with as little downtime as possible.

Check Your Health Status

Health and flying colors (pun intended again) are an important part of building a career in aviation. While it won’t play a decisive factor with many individuals, it’s still worth checking your current health status before considering a career in aviation.

James Heather, HR manager of Essay Supply spoke on the topic recently: “Having your career dreams come true is a wonderful feeling. However, you should always have a backup plan in case something unexpected happens to your dream development path. In this case, freelancing can provide a momentary safe haven while you decide on what to do next – it’s what I did and it’s where I stayed permanently.”

Illnesses such as photosensitive epilepsy or a tendency to feel lightheaded might impair your judgment and abilities as a pilot. You can refer to your local hospital or doctor’s office and explain your wishes to pursue a career in aviation to the chief examiner.

Ask for a full checkup and make sure that you are medically able to fly an airplane, civilian or private notwithstanding. Even if you end up not being cleared for independent flight, you can still pursue a career in aviation in another sector such as flight control management or airport runway management.

Choose Your Flight Niche

As we’ve previously mentioned, a career in “aviation” doesn’t necessarily have to include direct flight and airplane control. Instead, you can opt for several career paths in the aviation industry, all of which provide different professional development opportunities:

  • Aircraft Electrical Technician
  • Aircraft Manufacture Engineer
  • Aircraft Pilot (Civilian, Transportation, Military, etc.)
  • Airport Operations Manager
  • Airport Traffic Control Management
  • Aircraft Attendant or Stewardess

While a career in aviation includes a lot of travel time (aircraft or work commute), you should consider your local placement opportunities carefully. There is a legitimate shortage in aircraft and airport personnel on a global level, meaning that you can choose a highly lucrative niche to specialize in early on.

As Veronica Wright, CEO of Resumescentre.com put recently: “If no opportunity is available for you to fill, create your own opportunity from scratch. Aviation is a delicate industry to build a career in, but you can make a name for yourself by working as an assistant or part-time helper in a local airfield or passenger company.” Contact your state airports and private runways and try to pinpoint which career in aviation would be most suitable for your skills and aspirations.