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Three things you need to know about getting your BS in Aviation Business Administration

To kick-start your Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration, here are the three things that you need to know!

First, you need to know what qualifications are required for administrative personnel in the aviation industry. Most of these positions include, but are not limited to administrative assistants, data entry workers, public relations specialists, and those who work in the human resources department. The duties of an administrative personnel vary by position but often include transcribing executive correspondence, data entry, filing paperwork, backing up computer files, scheduling and organizing or coordinating meetings, ordering supplies, and making executive travel arrangements.

Many of these roles require the applicant to have a bachelor’s degree in the related field from an accredited program. Aviation, airport and airline experience is usually preferred and strong analytical and problem solving skills with supported written and verbal communication skills.

Secondly, aside from pilots, the aviation industry needs professionally trained individuals to manage airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturing facilities and operations. CAU’s Aviation Business Administration baccalaureate degree program offers many courses that range from Principles of Management to Aviation Communication Methods. Our courses prepare students for a variety of careers within the aviation industry.

Lastly, there are multiple benefits in being in the aviation industry and not having to be a pilot. Many of the skills and tasks associated with administrative personnel positions are not used exclusively in the airline industry and so a person can advance to senior positions from there to almost anywhere. Since many of the courses we offer consist of accounting, management, statistics, human resources, micro and macroeconomics, software programs, and communications, these are all skill-sets that are important when applying for entry-level supervisory or managerial positions within or outside of the aviation industry!

Mr. Matthew A. Johnston has over 23 years of experience serving various roles in education and is currently serving as the President of California Aeronautical University. He maintains memberships and is a supporting participant with several aviation promoting and advocacy associations including University Aviation Association (UAA), Regional Airline Association (RAA), AOPA, NBAA, and EAA with the Young Eagles program.  He is proud of his collaboration with airlines, aviation businesses and individual aviation professionals who are working with him to develop California Aeronautical University as a leader in educating aviation professionals.

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