Despite much attention, there continues to be a low level of female participation in the aviation industry. In an earlier qualitative study of female aviation students, it was found that having parents who were supportive of their daughter’s career choice was the most influential factor in student career decision making. As a follow up to this earlier study, a Likert-scale type survey was distributed electronically to both active female aviation professionals and to current female aviation students. The survey allowed for participant identification of the factors that were most influential for them both choosing and remaining in an aviation career. Factors such as influence from parents and other significant adults, previous exposure to the career field, education and training requirements, and lifestyle factors were all evaluated. Supporting the previous study, parental support was found to be the most influential factor in a female’s choice of an aviation career.
& Beckman, W. S.
(2011). Factors Influencing Female Aviation Professionals’ Choice of Career. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 650-655.