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    What is the CTI suppose to be in

    When obtaining your degree what field of study should is recommended. and what other CTI's are offered online.

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    Ideally, the field of study is NOT air traffic control.

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    Every CTI school has approved degree programs that encompass the CTI courses as sort of a "minor." Some schools offer an "Air Traffic Management" Degree which is also an approved degree program, but the idea here is to produce well-rounded candidates in the aviation field. Aviation and Meterology-related Degrees are generally what CTI graduates obtain, there are others I'm sure. At Embry-Riddle many aeronautical students (student pilots) graduate with their certificates/flight hours, CTI recommendation, and Dispatcher Certificates which opens a lot of doors for them upon graduation.

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    So essentially, you graduate with a degree in some aviation related field and as long as you've met the school's CTI criteria, they give the recommendation? I'm a grad, but the ins and outs of the process were never completely explained at my school. It was more of "take this, then this, then this, then you get a job code.."

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by Jigglethese View Post
    So essentially, you graduate with a degree in some aviation related field and as long as you've met the school's CTI criteria, they give the recommendation? I'm a grad, but the ins and outs of the process were never completely explained at my school. It was more of "take this, then this, then this, then you get a job code.."
    It's really the FAA's CTI criteria that you're meeting. The school is just telling you what classes to take to fulfill the FAA's requirements to apply via CTI. Some schools like UND and ERAU stress the fact that students are CTI students, and those students know and are not afraid to talk about the fact that they're in a CTI program. Other schools just tell you what classes to take and the students sometimes barely know what CTI even is, despite taking the classes to fulfill that requirement. I'm not saying one way is better than another. The only thing that matters is you fulfill the CTI requirements.

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    Pick a field that, in the event you do not make it as a controller, you give yourself the best opportunity in a highly competitive job market. (as stated above, preferably NOT a degree in ATC)

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by spades9048 View Post
    Ideally, the field of study is NOT air traffic control.
    Actually I think that the FAA required Air Traffic Control to be in the degree for some ssinine reason. The dean for my program was saying something about how "the FAA had to have Air Traffic Control" in the name. I was in the guinea pig class.

    Although a plan B is kind of necessary.

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    Quote Originally Posted by lecoyle View Post
    Actually I think that the FAA required Air Traffic Control to be in the degree for some ssinine reason. The dean for my program was saying something about how "the FAA had to have Air Traffic Control" in the name. I was in the guinea pig class.

    Although a plan B is kind of necessary.
    Sounds like your Dean needs higher enrollment numbers in their "Air Traffic Control" degree program.

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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    from experience, I would not even get an aviation degree if you can avoid it; best case scenario is to take a few classes that allow you to get a CTI endorsement, which is of course what you want, but if you are going to get a 4-year degree, get it in something unrelated like finance or math....the broader you make your degree, the better, IMO. Even if you decide to stay in the aviation field, you will find most of the 'real' hires do not have aviation degrees. In fact most of the 'management' positions in airlines have business/MBA backgrounds, understandably...I am NOT against aviation schools at all, but I am just saying, it's up to you. I am sharing my first hand experience; it has been very hard to find a job with a degree related to aviation in non-aviation related fields, of which, there are many. I think the best degree you could possibly get in terms of dollar for dollar return is probably a degree in electrical or computer engineering. You can do anything with those degrees and engineers are hired left and right. The problem, of course, is that, it is expensive to get a real degree and, it is also a LOT more difficult...anyone can get a degree without getting an education.....someone with a communications degree may have the same school name and bachelors degree as someone with an electrical engineering or computer science degree, the person with the engineering degree will not be able to party as much..but I can promise you they will have employers banging down THEIR door if they got it from a good university....pretty much all major corporations want young, talented engineers more than anything else. They know these kids are smart, motivated, and cheaper. On the other hand, the communications degree, not so much....you're better off going to a trade school and getting into a trade. just my $.02
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    Re: What is the CTI suppose to be in

    ^ Totally agree

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