Airline Pilots, Copilots, & Flight Engineers
Airline Captain, Captain, First Officer, Pilot
What they do:Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport 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:
- 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.
- Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
Math and Science
- 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
- 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
- quickly decide if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part
- quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
- do two or more things at the same time
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- see details that are far away
- see details up close
- quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
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
- Self Control
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
Data base user interface and query software
- Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Log PPC
- CoPilot Flight Planning & E6B
Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
high school diploma/GED
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Local Salary Info
- Air Traffic Controllers
- Aircraft Service Attendants
- Airfield Operations Specialists
- Captains, Mates, & Pilots of Water Vessels
- Commercial Pilots
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