Aeronautical Science

Aeronautical Science, the professional pilot program at Embry-Riddle, offers the most advanced flight training curriculum of any university in the world. Combining in-flight training with rigorous academic study, Embry-Riddle's aeronautical science degree program, which features extensive work in the most sophisticated aircraft and simulators anywhere, prepares the graduate for a career as an airline, military or corporate pilot. Even if you are considering a career as an astronaut, Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle is the best place to start. This program is offered at both the Florida and Arizona campuses. 

Career Areas

  • Aerial Photography/Aerial Survey
  • Agricultural Pilot (crop dusting)
  • Astronaut
  • Banner Towing
  • Cargo Pilot
  • Charter Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Crew Resource Scheduling
  • Dispatch
  • Ferry Pilot
  • Fire Fighting
  • Flight Instructor
  • Flight Testing
  • Float Plane Pilot
  • Ground/Flight Training
  • Military Pilot
  • Navigator
  • News Gathering Pilot
  • Simulator Training
  • Systems Operations Control
  • Tour Pilot
  • UAV Pilot


  • Airlines
  • Corporate Flight Departments
  • FBOs/Flight Centers
  • Government Agencies
  • Low Cost Airlines
  • Military
  • NASA
  • Part 135 Operators
  • Regional Carriers

Career Development Strategies/Skills

  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Internship/Co-op experience
  • Build flight time
  • Gain experience by working in:
    • Airport Operations
    • Landside Operations
    • FBO Line Work
    • Airline Ground Handling/Operations
  • Attend industry conferences to network