Job opportunities take off at airports
Employment and occupations are still a hot topic in the airport community and throughout the aviation industry. There always seems to be a shortage of candidates. There are barriers to entry with many jobs available and let’s face it, this is not the easiest industry to get involved. The hours can be unconventional and the work can be physically and emotionally taxing. If you love aviation and the fast-paced airport environment, there’s nowhere you’d rather be.
Sometimes a job at the airport is just that, a job. There is so much work at airports that can literally be done anywhere. People who work in retail, restaurants, hospitality, janitorial, transportation, back office, and construction, for example, can do this work in many other places. If they choose to do it at airports in our country, they will be scrutinized at a high level. Security threats are real and therefore people working at airports should be vetted through a rigorous background check system that includes fingerprinting and registration in the RAP Back database of the FBI for continued surveillance of criminal charges.
It can also be difficult to get to work at a busy airport. Parking is a problem at airports for employees and often after parking their car the staff member has to board a bus or sky train to get to their place of work. For many, the journey does not end there. If they work in a Terminal, their workplace can be a very long walk to finally get to their station. Airport employees certainly intervene during their work.
The airports are not really closing, the operations take place 24 hours a day. Usually it is staffed at the highest level when there are flights with passengers, but the work goes on behind the scenes all the time. Working at the airport will most likely mean working nights, weekends, and holidays at some point. It is not always easy to juggle work-life balance concerns for many.
The hours are therefore irregular, it is difficult to get to work and you must have exceptional training to get the job. So why do people do it? We know that jobs at the airport pay more than most jobs in the same category outside the airport. It is a question of compensating these people for having crossed these barriers to entry. Many times the jobs will also come with benefits ranging from health benefits to benefits for theft, depending on the job and the company. And for some, it’s not just a job, it’s a career and a lifestyle.
Those who make the aviation industry a career love it. They are all in it, they fully immerse themselves in the community and culture of aviation and airports. It is common to find many long-time airport employees who change careers while staying at the airport. The experiences they have, the people they meet and the colleagues who have become like family are some of the main reasons people dedicate themselves to the industry. No day will be the same when millions of people spend every year in your workplace from all corners of the world.
There are so many different ways to enter the industry that everyone from pilots to bartenders is always in demand. There appear to be endless reports of shortages for flight crews, aircraft mechanics and ground service equipment, terminal operations management, direct customer positions, freight workers , FAA air traffic controllers, TSA officers and truck drivers.
Some economical ways to train for hot industry jobs locally are through programs offered at Vaughn College, Farmingdale University, BOCES in Farmingdale, and Fairleigh Dickinson University to name a few. only a few. These institutions prepare their students for jobs that are ready to be filled immediately. We’re talking pilots, AMTs, engineers, transportation industry managers, and more. FDU even comes on-site at JFK and EWR airports to take courses as part of their MBA program.
We also have a gem of a program located in Queens called Aviation High School. They are the first exposure of many young people to the industry and all that it offers. The school prepares children as young as 14 to be ready for a career in aviation. It’s an amazing New York public school program where kids have to apply to be accepted. While meeting the requirements for their high school education, they also train to pass the FAA licenses at the same time. Many teachers are subject matter experts in the aviation industry who have worked in their field and are now shaping the future of the industry. The school is very well supported by the aviation community, many of whom are proud alumni of the school.
It is evident that in order to keep industry personnel at the required levels now and in the future, more must be done to expose children as young as college to all that there is to do in the world. the airports. There are many programs throughout the year at places like The Cradle of Aviation, bringing together students and aviation professionals to discuss the potential path to success in the industry. JFK, LGA and EWR are economic engines in the community, more can be done to bring the community into the airport. While being a good neighbor is important, it’s just as important to be a great employer for local residents.
If you are looking for a job or a career change, check out the resources below:
You will certainly find something that piques your interest in the endless opportunities that are now available to you. If you are an employer looking to attract qualified candidates, register with these services and advertise your offers. If you are an educational institution, now is the perfect time to share your successes. Perhaps consider how to reach people looking to enter the industry for the first time as a new chapter in their career ambitions. Not all students are 18-year-old high school graduates. There is a huge market of mature students looking to reinvent themselves through education.
Whether you’re entering or returning to the local job market, considering training for a skilled job or career development, or just an aviation geek looking to get closer to the action, the airports of New York is an amazing place. Roll!
“There is currently a serious labor shortage in almost every industry in the United States. A record number of Americans have quit their jobs in search of better wages, benefits and working conditions. Over the next few months, I think airport employers will need to assess their pay rates and benefits to continue attracting the most qualified candidates. CAO actively promotes employment opportunities and work-related benefits at our local airports. We have seen an increase in the traffic of job seekers in September and October in our Career Centers and we hope to see this trend continue.
– Andrew Campbell, Executive Director of the Council for Airport Opportunity