Airline Pilot

Career Overview

Commercial pilots navigate and fly airplanes that transport people around the world. Use the search box to find the video made by Matt!


A four-year bachelor's degree along with a commercial pilot's license is typically required to obtain these positions. Some people enter the airlines after being trained to fly within the military.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$65,000 /yr
$127,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
Work Environment

Pilots work primarily in aircraft. They may spend a considerable amount of time away from home because of overnight layovers. Many pilots have variable schedules.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Competition is likely to be very strong for jobs within the largest airlines.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada