Career Attributes

  • $47,932
  • 17,500
  • 3.1
  • 6.3%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Construction Services
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Overview

In the United States, most avionics technicians receive an associate's degree after graduating from a two-year technical school. The schools certify that a graduate knows electronics, math, and physics. The electronics instruction includes analog and digital circuits, power supplies, radio transmitters and receivers, antenna theory, and more. Specialized material on radar, distance measuring equipment, transponders, control panels, and instruments prepares a student for a career in aviation.

Once a student finds employment, on-the-job training begins with a general familiarization school on the aircraft types the student will encounter. This is an introduction to the specific manufacturer's nomenclature and manuals so that the new employee can find things aboard the aircraft. Large commercial airlines may have their own schools on soldering, test equipment, personal and chemical safety, ramp operations, and much more. In some cases, employees attend classes with the original equipment manufacturer for intensive instruction.

What are Avionics Technicians like?

Investigative

Based on our pool of users, Avionics Technicians tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Avionics Technicians by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 523 CareerExplorer users

Are Avionics Technicians happy?

38thpercentile

Avionics Technicians rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 38th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Avionics Technician Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Avionics Technicians

The most common degree held by Avionics Technicians is Business Management And Administration. 20% of Avionics Technicians had a degree in Business Management And Administration before becoming Avionics Technicians. That is over 3 times the average across all careers. Electrical Engineering Technology graduates are the second most common among Avionics Technicians, representing 8% of Avionics Technicians in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 37.5 times the average.

Avionics Technician Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Avionics Technician, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Avionics Technicians % of population Multiple
Business Management And Administration 20.5% 6.5% 3.1×
Electrical Engineering Technology 8.0% 0.2% 37.5×
Psychology 5.7% 7.1% 0.8×
Electrical Engineering 4.5% 0.9% 5.1×
Mechanical Engineering 4.5% 1.7% 2.7×
Criminal Justice 4.5% 1.4% 3.2×
Business 3.4% 2.6% 1.3×
Information Systems 3.4% 0.5% 6.2×
Computer Programming 3.4% 0.3% 10.8×
Computer Science 3.4% 3.0% 1.1×
Mathematics 3.4% 1.9% 1.8×
Aerospace Engineering 3.4% 0.3% 13.6×
Linguistics 3.4% 0.8% 4.2×
English Literature 3.4% 4.9% 0.7×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 3.4% 1.6% 2.2×
Construction Services 3.4% 0.0% 78.1×

Avionics Technician Education Levels

78% of Avionics Technicians have an associate's degree. 18% of Avionics Technicians have a high school diploma.

No education 0%
High school diploma 18%
Associate's degree 78%
Bachelor's degree 3%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $47,932
  • 17,500
  • 3.1
  • 6.3%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Construction Services
More Attributes