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Airline Pilots, Copilots, & Flight Engineers

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

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Astronaut; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, B-52; Experimental Test Pilot, Tanker; Flight Engineer Apprentice, E-4; Flight Engineer Journeyman, MC-130H; Mobility Pilot, Intra-Theater Airlift, General; Reconnaissance/Surveillance/Electronic Warfare Pilot, TR-1/U-2; Rescue Combat Systems Officer, HC-130J; Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, AC-130U; Special Operations Pilot, AC-130J

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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
  • AirSmith FlightPrompt
  • CoPilot Flight Planning & E6B


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

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