Government Aviation Jobs – TSA, FAA, NTSB and More

Federal and state government agencies in the U.S. hire thousands of people for aviation-related jobs. For instance, there are more than 43,000 airport security screeners in the United States! If you’re hoping to break into the airline or aviation industry then definitely don’t overlook government aviation career options.

AirlineJobFinder focuses on jobs with the following agencies:

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

TSA Worker working SeaTac Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States and Transport Canada in Canada handle airport and airline security. TSA and Transport Canada hire staff who screen baggage and carry-on items and do other security tasks. The TSA is also in charge of the Federal Air Marshal program which deploys undercover on flights in the United States and around the world. Training for these positions is provided by the TSA or Transport Canada.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employs licensed pilots and non-pilots to ensure the certification, security, and safety of airports, aircraft, pilots, and air traffic control systems. The FAA is also involved in the emerging field of commercial space transportation. As technology improves in all areas of aviation, including air traffic control, the FAA will continually need qualified individuals to fill a variety of positions, from pilots to aviation safety inspectors to computer specialists and everything in-between.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates all civil aviation accidents in the United States as well as accidents that occur on highways, rail systems, pipelines, or waterways. Occasionally the NTSB works with other government agencies during the course of an accident investigation. The NTSB also makes suggestions to the FAA and other government agencies regarding new safety laws or regulations that they feel may be important in light of an investigation.

NASA Shuttle Launch Photo

Have you heard of NASA? Of course you have! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is on the cutting edge of space exploration. For this reason, NASA is one of the most exciting places in the world to work. For aviation and aeronautic buffs from many fields of expertise, NASA offers many career opportunities.

The United States military offers many aviation job possibilities, in a flying and non-flying or ground support capacity. In addition to the US Air Force, aviation positions are available with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard as well as state-based national guard units. U.S. military personnel sometimes provide their personnel and aircraft for rescue assistance of civilians. The Canadian military also offers a number of job possibilities for those seeking aviation careers.

State governments often need helicopter and fixed wing pilots and grounds support crews to fill a variety of positions. State governments need aviation personnel for state highway patrols, the transportation of government officials, and for state-sponsored special projects.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) deploy aircraft and ground support personnel to fight forest fires throughout the United States and Canada. Though firefighting is mostly seasonal, with the majority of work available in the summer, both agencies need some personnel throughout the year and hire heavily in advance of the fire season.

Air Traffic Control Tower Photo

Government Aviation Careers

On AirlineJobFinder we take you through a wide variety of federal and state government aviation careers. Each of the following types of aviation related positions is discussed in great detail in our Free Members Section.

  • Federal Aviation Administration

    (FAA) – Hires for jobs located all over the United States, including air traffic control positions.

    We profile the following FAA jobs:

    • Aviation Clerk
    • Supervisory Aviation Safety Inspector
    • Aviation Safety Inspector, Principal Operations Inspector
    • Aviation Safety Inspector
    • Aviation Safety Inspector (Manufacturing)
    • Engineering Research Psychologist
    • Transportation Industry Analyst
    • Air Traffic Control Specialist
    • Air Traffic Manager
    • Aerospace Engineer (Structures)
    • Architect
    • Electronics Engineer
  • Transportation Security Administration

    (TSA) – Hires for transportation security officer jobs located all over the United States, including airport security screener and federal air marshals. We profile the following TSA jobs:

    • Transportation Security Officer (TSO or Screener)
    • Federal Air Marshal
    • Supervisory Federal Air Marshal, Special Agent in Charge
    • Federal Air Marshal Service Mission Support Positions
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

    Has positions in Washington, D.C. and other locales. NTSB aviation accident investigator internships are also available at locations nationwide.

    We profile the following NTSB job:

    • Air Safety / Aviation Accident Investigator
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

    Employs people in locations throughout the southeastern U.S., Washington, D.C., and up both coasts.

    We profile the following NASA jobs:

    • Aerospace Engineer of Aeroelasticity
    • Chief Engineer
    • Aerospace Engineer of Propulsion
    • Aerospace Engineer of Flight Sciences
    • Aerospace Engineer of Human Factors
    • Aerospace Engineer of Materials
    • Aerospace Engineer of Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    • Aerospace Engineer of Power & Avionics
    • Aerospace Engineer of Software

For each type of job profiled in our Members Section there’s a description, pay details, and educational requirements. You won’t want to miss our interviews with industry veterans either. Their insights are invaluable.

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