Airline Pilots, Copilots, & Flight Engineers

Airline Captain, Captain, First Officer, Pilot

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Astronaut; Experimental Test Combat Systems Officer, Bomber; Fighter Combat Systems Officer, EA-18G; Mobility Combat Systems Officer; Mobility Pilot, General; Reconnaissance/Surveillance/Electronic Warfare Combat Systems Officer, RC-26B; Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot Journeyman, MQ-9; Rescue Pilot, Combat Search and Rescue, General; Special Operations Combat Systems Officer, MC-130H; Special Operations Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot, MQ-1
0-5A/EO-5B/RC-7 Pilot; AH-64A Attack Pilot; Army Astronaut; Aviation Officer; CH-47D Pilot; Jet Aircraft Pilot; MH-47 Pilot; OH-58D Pilot; Rotary Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific); UH-60M Pilot
Aviation; Aviation Engineering Specialty; Aviation Maintenance Technician; Avionics Electrical Technician; Fixed Wing Aviation; Rotary Wing Aviation
Aircraft Division Lead (DL) Qualification; Basic Fixed Wing Pilot; Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer/Unmanned Aircraft System Officer; Formal School Officer Instructor-Naval Flight Officer; Naval Flight Officer (NFO), Qualified EA-6B Electronic Warfare Officer; Pilot HMH FRS Basic/CH-53E Pilot; Pilot VMA FRS Basic AV-8B; Pilot VMGR, KC-130 Co-Pilot (T2P/T3P); Pilot VMR UC-35 Qualified; Tiltrotor Crew Chief, MV-22
Air Vehicle Pilot Inst, Trng; C-130 Flight Engineer; E-6B Flight Engineer; Flight Instructor-NFO, Fleet Operational Aircraft; LDO - Operations, Aviation; Naval Flight Officer Instructor, Training Planes; P-3 Flight Engineer; Squadron Commanding Officer; Squadron Operations Officer; URL - Aviation Warfare Officer, Naval Flight Officer
Astronaut; Experimental Test Combat Systems Officer; Experimental Test Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot, Other; Generalist Combat Systems Officer, Electronic Warfare Officer; Mobility Pilot, C-27J (JCA); Reconnaissance/Surveillance/Electronic Warfare Combat Systems Officer, EC-130 EWO; Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot; Rescue Pilot, HC-130 P/N; Special Operations Combat Systems Officer, Other; Special Operations Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot, Other
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

  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics

Math and Science

  • geography


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


Controlled Movement

  • 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

Visual Understanding

  • 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
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

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
usually needed

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