School of Business

Let your career take flight

Let your career take flight

Trained pilots with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Aviation not only have the potential to become outstanding captains, they can also assume management responsibilities for an airline or airport.

In partnership with renowned flight training companies, UFV offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation) degree to equip you with the flight and business skills you need to succeed in the aviation industry.

At the end of your studies, you have a university degree, as well as private and commercial pilot licenses certified by Transport Canada, and supplemented by both night and multi-engine instrument ratings. In your fourth year, you have the option to specialize in either heavy jet transport operations or professional flight instruction.

In the classroom, you gain all the knowledge necessary to pass your Transport Canada examinations, cover human factors affecting pilot decision-making, and learn how to be a valuable member of an airline crew. Normally, this training would take up to six years to complete, but at UFV, you can do it in four. Upon completion, you are a professional pilot, ready to provide leadership both on the ground and in the air.

Career Outlook for Aviation

According to Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook, between now and 2038, demand for pilots will grow, as airlines across the globe expand their fleets and older pilots retire. The largest growth in pilot demand is projected in the Asia Pacific region, with a need for 266,000 new pilots. Europe will need 148,000 pilots, North America 212,000, Latin America 54,000, the Middle East 68,000, Africa 29,000, and Russia/Central Asia 27,000.

After graduation, you may fly planes for corporate travel or charter flights for one of Canada's 800 on-demand aviation service providers. Or you may work as a flight instructor, medevac pilot, airline courier, or travel tourism pilot.

Once you have flight hours under your belt, you may fly jumbo jets for major airlines, serve as a corporate jet captain, or become something more unique like an aerial fire ranger. You can also leverage your administrative skills to pursue a career as an airport administrator or operations manager. Or you may decide to pursue graduate studies.