Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents2018-04-17T21:26:41-05:00

Can Career Services disclose information to me about my son or daughter?

Career Services cannot disclose information about your son or daughter without their permission, via the FERPA form.

Does Career Services find jobs for Embry-Riddle graduates?

The Career Services Office researches opportunities for graduates, and many employers post positions on a regular basis with our office. We, in turn, advertise those positions to our students and alumni through various means including Handshake, our Linkedin Group, and individual email announcements. Students must be proactive and log in to Handshake in order to submit their resumes for jobs for which they are interested and qualified. Students are also encouraged to utilize other resources including job search engines, company web sites and their network. We do not guarantee job placement for students or alumni, however, we assist your son/daughter by empowering him/her to identify opportunities and teach him/her to market his/herself in the best light possible.

It’s important for students to do everything they can to help increase their marketability. These steps include maintaining a high GPA, participating in a co-op or internship, taking on leadership roles, networking and working with Career Services by utilizing our services and participating in workshops and on-campus company events (this includes our Industry/Career Expo).

What services and resources are available to my son or daughter through Career Services?

Please visit your son or daughter’s respective campus page to learn more about the services and resources available through Career Services.

What can my son or daughter do with his/her degree from Embry-Riddle?

Please see the Explore Careers and Industries section of our website.

Do you have any statistics on where students go after graduation?

Data on where students go at the time of graduation can be found in our Statistics section. For information on graduates one year out, visit Institutional Research.

How can I support my son’s or daughter’s career development?

  • Encourage students to visit Career Services early in their college career to learn about the resources available to them
  • Support your son or daughter’s exploration of career options and be patient while he or she considers a variety of options
  • Stimulate conversations regarding career plans and encourage your son/daughter to research and ask questions
  • Introduce your son or daughter to people in professional fields who can provide career information and advice
  • Assist your son or daughter in identifying strengths, achievements, and areas for development
  • Support and encourage involvement in leadership and student organization activities, both on and off campus
  • Emphasize the importance of gaining career-related experience through internships, co-ops, volunteering, summer and/or part-time jobs

My son/daughter aspires to be a professional pilot. What can a student do to become more competitive in the workforce?

There are many areas pilot recruiters examine when looking at candidates. Flight students should be aware, as they progress through their training that accumulating flight hours and ratings is just part of the picture. Undoubtedly, flight time, ratings earned and type of equipment flown do matter! It is generally to the students benefit to accumulate as many hours as possible before they graduate.  Many times, we will encourage students to earn their ratings as early as possible in their Embry-Riddle career and then pick up their CFI so they can instruct and continue to build time. Beyond flying, there are other areas for which you need to be cognizant.  Most companies will check candidates’:

  • Airman record
  • Driving record
  • Criminal record
  • Credit record
  • Employment verification
  • Education verification

It is strongly recommended that flight students:

  • Keep a clean driving record (negative patterns can hurt, DUI/DWI’s can set a pilot back years or even ruin his or her career)
  • Maintain their health (Current 1st Class Medical), including blood pressure, hearing, eyesight, weight, and heart/physical condition
  • Build a solid credit record
  • Stay informed of current industry conditions and pilot hiring trends
  • Keep their logbooks neat and complete
  • Participate in clubs and organizations and take on leadership positions in those that interest them
  • Make good use of spare time
  • Don’t burn any bridges
  • Participate in the Co-op/Internship Program
  • Attend industry conferences and training seminars as often as possible
  • Attend class everyday
  • Stay focused on academics and flight training
  • Keep a check on their attitude
  • Assume leadership roles on and/or off campus
  • Participate in advanced sim type classes
  • Create a resume and cover letter early on and keep these documents current

What flying jobs are available to my son or daughter once they graduate from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science?

Although hiring in the aviation industry is cyclical in nature, pilot employment opportunities continue to be available. The availability, though, will be based on the economy, federal regulations, retirement rates, and other external factors. Indeed, we have success stories to date that indicate our graduates are being proactive and assertive with their job searches, and the typical path of an Embry-Riddle pilot is much as it has always been, requiring fortitude and tenacity. The old saying, “airline flying remains a tough job to beat and a tough job to get” holds true!

Currently, the progression of an Embry-Riddle pilot generally tracks the following stages:

  • Stage 1: A graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree with a Commercial Pilot, Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Land: Instrument Rating can pursue one of two avenues, either the civilian or military path. Most civilian pilots earn their CFI. Military pilots commit to 10 years or more of service after receiving their advanced training. Most of our pilots spend one to three years flight instructing and/or flying in the following sectors to build their time:
    • Banner Towing
    • Ferry Aircraft
    • Skydiving
    • Bush Pilot
    • Aerial Photography
    • News Gathering
    • Aerial Survey
    • Mission Work
    • Demo Pilot
    • Aviation Insurance

The pay range for these positions is in the $10-$20/hour range.

  • Stage 2:  Once civilian pilot candidates reach 1200 hours of total time with 200 hours of multi time, they are eligible to apply for the following positions and typically spend between 3 to 5 years as a First Officer before moving into the left seat. More pilots are remaining in this arena, as legacy carrier jobs have been difficult to land. One of the biggest challenges for pilots in this stage is choice of regionals.  Although most are hiring, upgrade time, trip/duty provisions and the financial condition of mainline or legacy partners vary dramatically, all of which have a direct impact on their quality of life.
    • Regional Airlines (Small Jet Providers), $16,000-$21,000/year
    • Part 91 &135 (Corporate, Charter Operators), $20,000-$40,000/year
    • Government Agencies (FBI, DEA, Customs), $32,000-$37,000/year
  • Stage 3:  Ultimately, many military and civilian pilots are attracted to the major carriers.  Competitive hours are currently around 4,500+ TT with 1,000 hours of PIC time. First Officer pay starts out around $32,000 with a 30-year captain potentially making $180,000-$200,000.  If the airline holds strong, pilots will retire at 60.  We are seeing a shift towards salaries topping around $130,000-$150,000 as contracts at the legacy carriers are renegotiated.

Internships and bridge programs have been, and continue to be viable avenues for our pilots to go directly from graduation to First Officer positions with several carriers, enabling them to bypass flight instructing and other time building jobs. The majority of these programs do not pay the students for their time, but do offer them valuable Level D sim time, ground school courses and jump-seat privileges. Most of the candidates have positioned themselves for success by getting their CFI while working on their bachelors and have 300-500 hours of flight time when they graduate.  In addition, they have proven themselves as strong pilot candidates (clean driving records, above average academic performance, well rounded, professional with a humble demeanor) through the intern program.

What types of internships/co-ops are available for which my son or daughter may participate?

Our Cooperative Education/Internship Program offers numerous positions for undergraduate and graduate students, not only in aviation and aerospace, but also in other industries including automotive, medical device, computer technology, insurance, consulting, financial, non-profit, and government. Many sought-after companies seek out our students to participate in their cooperative education and internship programs. Many positions can be found on Handshake.

What is the benefit to participating in a co-op or internship?

Undergraduate students can earn up to 6 credit hours in a semester/term, and graduate students can earn up to 3. These credits go towards students’ open electives, and while they may earn multiple credits, they are only financially responsible for a co-op/internship fee equal to one credit hour in their degree programs.

With the exception of a few select degree programs, students are not required to participate in a co-op or internship; however, it is strongly encouraged that they do so as there is overwhelming research that confirms companies turn to their co-op and internship programs to fill their full-time needs before utilizing other sources when hiring. In addition, it allows students to build confidence, define interests within their fields of study, gain excellent networking contacts, understand the world of work and how the industry operates, apply classroom knowledge to a practical setting (and in turn, apply practical knowledge when back in the classroom), and to possibly earn compensation for the experience.

Students who are interested in participating in the co-op/internship program must meet the minimum eligibility requirements established by the University. Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and 30 credit hours completed; graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and 9 credit hours completed (must have at least 6 credit hours to apply); transfer students must meet the GPA requirement and have at least one semester completed at Embry-Riddle. Some companies require higher minimum GPAs for consideration, so students should strive to be competitive by maintaining a high GPA.

Will going to a specialized university lower my son or daughter’s chances of getting a good job because he or she won’t have a well-rounded education?

Career Services develops relationships with companies from a variety of industries outside of aviation and aerospace. In addition, the university’s programs provide students with a strong foundation of academic knowledge and practical skills that are easily transferable to many career environments.