Airport manager

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “airport managers plan and supervise maintenance and safety programs, negotiate leases with airport tenants (airlines), survey and airport’s future needs and make recommendations related to those needs, set up the airport budgets, promote the use of the airport, and train and supervise employees.”

Job responsibilities: Airport manager

  • Follow government rules and regulations for airport operations
  • Guide and manage airport operational and maintenance personnel
  • Manage recruitment, training, workload assignment, performance review, appraisals and promotions for airport staff
  • Assist in preparing annual budget for airport operations
  • Review and revise airport safety policies and practices for employees
  • Inspect runway grounds and lightings on regular basis
  • Ensure that airport facility is kept clean, safe and secure

Salary outlook: Airport manager

The average salary for an airport manager is about $53,031. The BLS estimates that employment of airport managers will grow 11 percent between 2012 and 2022. 

What degrees can help me become an airport manager?

Those who earn positions as airport managers usually hold a bachelor’s degree in airport management or a related field. Some aviation management programs may offer flight courses to prepare students for the FAA private pilot certification exam. College graduates may also need several years of airport administrative and supervisory experience before being qualified to work as an airport manager. Lynn offers the following foundational degrees that can help you in your career path: