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I really want to work in the aviation industry. Is there any way I can put my computer science degree to use in this industry.

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    $\begingroup$ Avionics? Can you provide more detail on your aspirations? $\endgroup$ – Simon Sep 3 '15 at 9:00
  • $\begingroup$ Don't forget ATC hardware and software. $\endgroup$ – mins Sep 3 '15 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/1839/… $\endgroup$ – usernumber Sep 3 '15 at 10:14
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because careers advice is too specific to the individual asking for that advice to be of general interest. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Sep 3 '15 at 12:15
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    $\begingroup$ This would really be a better topic for chat than the site... $\endgroup$ – voretaq7 Sep 3 '15 at 16:11
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I'm not sure if this question comes within the scope of this site the way it is phrased.

Anyway, Aviation industry is highly interdisciplinary and has a lot of scope for computer science engineers like,

  • Design of aircraft subsystems
  • Development of programs for design and analysis of aircraft components (CAD, CFD etc).
  • Instrumentation and testing of aircraft systems
  • Development of aircraft control systems (e.g fly by wire)
  • Aircraft testing and telemetry.
  • Aircraft maintenance, which is becoming software intensive.
  • Software for Airborne (avionics) and Ground based systems (e.g. Air traffic Management).
  • Development of aircraft display systems.
  • Software for communication systems for UAVs.

This list is by no means exhaustive. In most parts of aviation, there is a requirement for computer science engineers.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not to mention the admin side of things, even if you're not directly working on the software that makes the aircraft fly. Revenue Integrity, route planning etc - airlines churn through a huge amount of data. I was amazed when I worked in Airline Revenue Integrity just how much data they crunch daily, even at smaller airlines. $\endgroup$ – Jon Story Sep 3 '15 at 10:23

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