• Test Pilot • Major/National Airline Pilot • Regional/Commuter Airline Pilot • Air Freight/Cargo Pilot • Helicopter Pilot • Corporate Pilot • Air Taxi or Charter Pilot • Flight Instructor • Military Pilot • Ferry Pilot • Astronaut • Other Pilot Jobs
Pipeline Patrol Pilot Pipeline/Patrol Pilots fly over various terrains, frequently at low altitudes inspecting pipelines or power lines, checking for signs of damage, vandalism and other conditions requiring repairs. Some pilots’ fly along the U.S. borders patrolling these areas for illegal activities.
Flight Navigator Flight Navigators plot the flight’s course, reports positions, fuel consumption, estimates arrival time, and other duties.
• Check Pilot Check pilots observe other pilots' procedures and proficiency for certain flight maneuvers to ensure that they are flying safely in the aircraft. They also train new pilots.
• Aerial Sight-seeing Pilot/Guide Aerial Sightseeing pilots conduct sightseeing tours for passengers by flying around tourist attractions within their city.
• Flight Simulator Instructor Flight Simulator Instructors train new pilots and observe other pilots' procedures and proficiency for certain flight maneuvers to ensure that they are flying safely in a flight simulator.
• Skywriter Skywriter pilots fly small airplanes that release chemicals in the sky as they perform their aerobatic maneuvers to create words and/or signs to be observed from the audience on the ground.
Banner-tow Pilot Banner-tow pilots fly small airplanes or helicopters with a company’s large banner sign attached to the airplane’s tail to market their products or services.
Disadvantages: --away from home a lot... if you work for a mainline carrier, bets are you'll spend just under half of the month in a hotel. I guess that one could swing either way. --high divorce rate... I've read that professional pilots have a higher than normal divorce rate, probably relating to the being away from home a lot thing. --takes a lot of time and hard work to get to the majors... plan on spending upwards of $40,000 just getting your education and licenses and such, then working a few years in a really low paying job such as CFI, then work at a regional for a few years making less than $30k... it is definately worth it, IMO...
First year salaries range from $25,000 to over $50,000 per year.
Pilots who have worked for a company for 10 years could have annual earnings close to $300,000.
It is possible for a pilot to have even higher earnings during the course of a career.
A pilot might only work 8 days in a month. They never have to take their work "home" with them; their job is finished when they leave the airplane.
Pilots have retirement and benefit packages that exceed what most other professionals earn. They get free or reduced rate travel. They get reduced rate hotel and car rentals. Pilots even have the time off to use these fringe benefits.