Career Details

Pilot (Commercial)

Career Overview

Commercial pilots navigate and fly airplanes that transport people around the world.


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
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
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.

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Work Environment

Commercial pilots work for airline organizations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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