Commercial Pilots

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Captain, EMS Helicopter Pilot (Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot), First Officer, Pilot

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Astronaut; Experimental Test Combat Systems Officer, Airlift/Tanker/Bomber; Fighter Combat Systems Officer; Mobility Combat Systems Officer, Air Mobility Liaison Officer (AMLO); Mobility Pilot, Inter-Theater Airlift, General; Reconnaissance/Surveillance/Electronic Warfare Combat Systems Officer, RC-26B; Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot Helper; Rescue Combat Systems Officer, HC-130J; Special Operations Combat Systems Officer, EC-130J; Special Operations Pilot, MC-130P
0-5A/EO-5B/RC-7 Pilot; AH-64D Attack Pilot; Aviation All-Source Intelligence; C-12 Pilot; CH-47F Pilot; Fixed Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific); Medical Service Corps Officer; OH-58A/C Scout Pilot (RC); Rotary Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific); UH-60M Pilot
Aviation; Fixed Wing Aviation; Rotary Wing Aviation
Aircraft Division Lead (DL) Qualification; Basic Pilot, Basic Rotary Wing; Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer/Unmanned Aircraft System Officer; Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Instructor (FAC(A)I) Qualification; Night Systems Instructor (NSI) Qualification; Pilot HMH/M/L/A, CH-46 Qualified; Pilot VMA FRS Basic AV-8B; Pilot VMFA FRS F-35B Qualified; Pilot VMR C-9 Qualified; Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist
Aviator; Carrier Airborne Combat Information Center Officer; Flight Instructor-NFO, Fleet Operational Aircraft; Naval Flight Officer Instructor, Training Planes; Officer in Charge, Aviation Unit or Detachment; Special Project Pilot; Squadron Executive Officer; Squadron Operations Officer; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot/Maintainer; URL - Aviation Warfare Officer, Pilot
Rescue Pilot; Rescue Pilot, Combat Search and Rescue, General; Rescue Pilot, CSAR-X; Rescue Pilot, General; Rescue Pilot, HH-60; Rescue Pilot, MH-139; Rescue Pilot, Other; Rescue Pilot, UH-1N; Trainer Pilot; Trainer Pilot, SUPT-H
What they do:
Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, national, and international airline pilots.
On the job, you would:
  • Use instrumentation to pilot aircraft when visibility is poor.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight according to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.



  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


  • customer service
  • management

Math and Science

  • geography
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

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 change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • quickly decide if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • Calibration software
  • Pilot Navigator Software Load Balance

Data base user interface and query software

  • Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Log PPC
  • Skylog Services Skylog Pro


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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