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Sky Marshal or Air Marshal
Annual Salary Range: $46,950 to $82,417
That's not bad. In fact, considering some ex-military or private security officers may qualify for an air marshal job with only a high school diploma or associate's degree, the pay range is great. Air marshals are employed by the federal government to guard against attacks targeting U.S. aircraft, passengers and crew. They are trained in handgun accuracy, terrorist behavior recognition and learn "aircraft specific tactics and close quarters self-defense measures.
Air Traffic Controller
Median Annual Salary: $122,950
An Air traffic controller is one of the best-paying jobs you can have with an associate's degree. But, did you know that, depending on the airport, the work is separated out between controllers for ground movement, take-off, en route flight time, landing and more?
Aerospace Program Manager
Median Annual Salary: $ $108,393 - 151,000
Aerospace is second only to petroleum engineering in pay." That's why the director of an aerospace engineering program management team can earn well into the six figures.
Airline Pilot, Copilot or Flight Engineer
Median Annual Salary: $ $148,940
Most pilots use to receive their training in the military, but in recent years a college degree and training from an FAA-certified flight training school has become more common among new hires.
Aerospace Project Engineer
Average Annual Salary: $ $104,810
An aerospace project engineer must not only understand the ins and outs of aerospace engineering, but they must have the personal and organizational skills to lead a team through a project.
Aircraft Maintenance Manager
Annual Salary Range: $ $94,523 - $123,441
This is a job position that requires both technical skill and a knack for leading teams. A maintenance manager is a knowledgeable professional who ensures that their teams perform maintenance regularly and according to regulatory guidelines.
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