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Airport Job Overview

UK airports depend on thousands of people in many different positions to ensure all services run smoothly every day. With 76,500 staff, London Heathrow Airport, which handles over 70 million passengers annually, is the largest. There are many ways to work at an airport including being employed by the airport itself, by an airline or an independent company based at the airport. Airport jobs vary from pilots, cabin crew and air traffic controllers to bus drivers, chefs, waiters, office staff, check in assistants, security staff and baggage handlers. People who like the hustle and bustle of airports and the general attachment to tourism might also be interested in cruise jobs or, to do some travelling oneself, hotel inspector jobs.

Airport Job Education Requirements

People can start work straight from school or change career paths with basic qualifications and receive on-the-job training. Some graduates start as cabin crew or ground staff and work their way into management, while some gain experience in other businesses before moving into the aviation industry. Entry requirements vary between airports and independent employers. Some employers require specific skills and experience, some do not. For instance, it takes three years of training to become a fully qualified air traffic controller. Trainees must have a minimum of five GCSE's and an air traffic controller's licence, which they can gain by completing an approved training course, such as through National Air Traffic Services (NATS). However, most employers would not expect a check-in assistant to have any previous experience, but to have some GCSE's or equivalent qualifications.

Airport Job Market

The market remains vibrant thanks to airports adding new destinations and passenger numbers climbing.

Airport Job Salary Information

Salaries vary dramatically depending on the role. A starting salary for a passenger information assistant can be from £12,000, while a baggage handler could start at £15,000. On the other end of the scale, experienced commercial pilots and flight engineers are among the highest paid group of workers in the UK. According to the Office of National Statistics, they earned an average annual salary of £90,420 in 2014.

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