Fields of Study

Embry-Riddle Advantage

Pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, aeronautics professionals, and unmanned aircraft operators are all essential positions as the world continues to connect through the miracle of flight.

Since its beginning in 1926, Embry-Riddle has provided the industry with aviation personnel, one student at a time. A pioneer in aviation education, Embry-Riddle is the most highly regarded institution dedicated to the field. 

We are the nation’s largest, oldest, and most comprehensive aeronautical university. When you enroll in an aviation-related degree program here, you can rest assured you will study a curriculum that is at the forefront of the industry’s developments and demands for the future. 

Embry-Riddle sets the standards for aviation education and is involved with the formation of national and international aviation policy.

picture of airplanes flying

Air Traffic Management students display optimum precision and professionalism and excel in the required post-graduation training at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy. 

Every student in an aviation curriculum benefits from hands-on learning in new, expertly maintained aircraft equipped with glass cockpits, labs that replicate the nation’s airspace, state-of-the-art maintenance and avionics repair facilities, and unrivaled aviation simulation centers.

Students who want the best in aviation education choose the world’s best aviation and aerospace university.

Degrees & Programs

At Embry-Riddle, you’ll study among fellow students and faculty who share your affinity for aviation. Our students explore all facets of the industry in an atmosphere that fosters success.

Regardless of which aspect of flight you’re most interested in, Embry-Riddle offers a degree for you. Our diverse programs span from associate through doctorate degrees and feature a variety of learning environments, ranging from in classroom to online. 

Embry-Riddle accommodates full-time students, working professionals, and military personnel.

Explore our programs to find which one suits your interests and goals.

Career Outlook

Boeing forecasts 790,000 new pilot jobs worldwide by 2037. Along with the pilot increase, the company anticipates a need for 754,000 maintenance technicians.

Increasing global security threats require additional personnel in aviation security.  As unmanned aviation expands, demand for professionals is on the rise. It’s clear that opportunities abound in the flight industry.

As the number of daily flights throughout the world increases, the need for educated and trained personnel expands in every facet of aviation. This is a growth sector in an age when many sectors of the world’s economies are shrinking or shifting. Civilization has become mobile, and there is no expectation for that to decrease.

A degree is an essential steppingstone to reach your aviation-related career goals. As the premier university of aviation and aerospace, Embry-Riddle is positioned to connect you to our network of leading corporate aviation companies, as well as to air carriers throughout the world. 

There are more than 130,000 alumni globally who recognize the value you bring from your Embry-Riddle education.

Aviation Career Outlook from Boeing’s Pilot & Technician Outlook 2018-2037

The 2018 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook predicts strong growth in the aviation industry over the next 20 years.


Faculty and students at our Daytona Beach, Prescott, and Worldwide campuses are continually involved in aviation-related research, with positive impact reaching far and wide. Read about some featured projects below or search for more at erau.edu/research.

Daytona Beach Aerospace Occupational

Analysis of Safety Hazard Identification Process

This unfunded research gathers hazard data reported to management by employees at a select location in Queensland, Australia. Data related to behavioral observations is collected and analyzed to provide management focus and direction for their safety processes. Ultimately modification of the hazard identification and reporting system will likely occur to target significant opportunities for injury reduction.

Daytona Beach Aerospace Engineering

 Wings for Supersonic Business Jet

In collaboration with Dassault, a leading business jet manufacturer, Embry-Riddle is exploring the aircraft of the future. Work is underway to improve the range and performance of existing airplanes by adding winglets, folded wingtips seen in many aircraft these days. The study focuses on shape optimization for better aerodynamic performance and exploration of the winglet impact on other aspects of flight, such as stability and low-speed flight.

Daytona Beach Aeronautical Science

Airline Pilot Shortage

With colleagues from other academic institutions, this project analyzes various pilot supply issues and their impact on the airline industry. The research relies on quantitative data, supplied by various databases, as well as information provided by the FAA. The research forecasts the impact of pilot shortage and the long- and short-term effects on commercial airlines, the pilot community, and market growth.

Learning Environments

With state-of-the-art labs, advanced flight training devices available, an unparalleled fleet of aircraft, and renowned faculty, Embry-Riddle demonstrates a commitment to providing unmatched aviation facilities to support your academic experience.

Crash Lab

Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • Daytona Beach students have access to a number of noteworthy facilities. The campus is home to the country’s first Unmanned Aircraft Lab, used to examine ways to optimize airspace for both manned and unmanned craft.
  • Air Traffic Control students can hone their skills in labs that emulate the En Route, Terminal Radar, and Control Tower domains.
  • Aviation Maintenance students learn through direct training in eight dedicated labs that correspond with the Airframe and Powerplant program.
  • Students also have access to a state-of-the-art Weather Research Center, a Media Broadcasting Lab, and an expanding Aircraft Accident Forensics Lab, known as the Crash Lab.
  • As future pilots, Aeronautical Science students train using industry-standard flight simulators and aircraft.


Prescott, AZ Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • In addition to its own state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control (ATC) Lab, the Prescott Campus offers aviation students an advanced Weather Center and Meteorology Suite, advanced flight training devices, and the most extensive and expansive Accident Investigation Lab anywhere outside of that belonging to the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • This Crash Lab, known as the Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab, is the only scenario-based investigation facility for student education at any university.
  • In addition, Prescott’s Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building (AXFAB) gives students the instruction, resources, and equipment needed to fabricate and assemble projects.
  • Our future pilots train using industry standard fixed and rotary wing aircraft and simulators.

Both the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses boast an impressive fleet of aircraft that includes Cessna 172 Skyhawks, Piper Arrows, and Diamond DA42 L-360s, to name a few. Students use some of the most advanced flight training devices such as the FAA Level D CRJ full-motion, full-flight simulator as they prepare for flight careers. The Prescott Campus has access to Robinson helicopters, including R-22, R-44, R-66, and Bell 206 models, for those who aspire to command rotary-wing aircraft.

  • Embry-Riddle Worldwide operates more than 135 campus locations across the globe. We deliver a quality academic experience by expert faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and Online Campus. Flexible scheduling and locations close to home are specifically suited for busy working professionals, active-duty military and veterans, and students with families.
  • EagleVision, a virtual classroom, combines the power of web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.
  • With the Virtual Crash Lab, students can examine an aircraft accident scene, document evidence, and even interview survivors. This lab enhance the learning environment for several of our safety courses.