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Airline Pilots, Copilots, & Flight Engineers

Also called: Airline Captain, Airline Pilot, First Officer, Pilot

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Basic Fixed Wing Pilot; Billet Designator-Fixed Wing Pilot; Naval Aircrewman Avionics; Pilot VMA AV-8B Qualified; Pilot VMAQ/VMFP FRS Basic EA-6B Pilot; Pilot VMGR, KC-130 Aircraft Commander; Pilot VMM, FRS Basic V-22 Pilot; Pilot VMR C-9 Qualified; Pilot VMR UC-35 Qualified; Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist

What they do:
Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.
On the job, you would:
  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
  • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • quickly decide if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Vision
  • decide which thing is closer or farther away from you or decide how far away it is from you
  • see details that are far away
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Log PPC
  • AirSmith FlightPrompt
Route navigation software
  • IFT-Pro
  • Navzilla
Information retrieval or search software
  • AeroPlanner
  • Notam Development Group Airport Insight

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$115,190
per year, on average
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