Careers - September 2023
- Employers in aviation are increasingly seeking licensed pilots with post-secondary education.
- Graduates can find initial employment with a variety of air operators, typically flying small single and multi-engine aircraft or working on ground crew. Some graduates choose to pursue a flight instructor rating or a float plane rating to increase their opportunities. Building flight hours will allow graduate pilots to eventually fly larger, more complex aircrafts.
- Long-term pilot employment prospects are excellent and many major carriers are predicting a shortage in the industry. Porter Airlines has offered Conestoga graduates a pathway to employment through a mentorship program that will create opportunities for a first officer position (Destination Porter). Qualified graduates will also have the opportunity to apply for the Jazz App which is an application pathway to training as a first officer at Jazz Airlines. Other major airlines are also considering pathway programs for Conestoga Aviation graduates.
On average, 83% of graduates from the last three years (2018 to 2020) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home