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Airline Pilot Career CenterWhat it takes to succeed as a professional pilot
By Kyle Garrett
Whether you already have your pilot's license or are just dreaming of taking flight, becoming an airline pilot can be a rewarding career decision. Airline pilot jobs (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) are expected to grow 12 percent from now until 2018. If you like taking on responsibility, are a good multitasker, and display a high level of professionalism, becoming an airline pilot may be right for you. Read more about airline pilot training.
Airline Pilot Career Key Points
Your best bets for landing an airline pilot job are at regional and discount airlines. Getting a job at a major airline is tough, but possible. You will face strong competition from other pilots. Many of today's airline pilots came from the military, but more and more pilots are going through private flight academies. To get a job at one of the major airlines, you'll need about 4,000 hours of flight experience. Learn more about airline pilot jobs.
Airlines Now Requiring College Degrees
Most airlines are now requiring a college education, and even if a degree is not required, most successful candidates do already hold a degree. Learn more about online programs to earn your aviation degree.
Is an Airline Pilot Career Right for You?
Airline pilots are a rare breed. Do you have what it takes? As an airline pilot you will...
- spend a lot of time away from home
- maintain odd schedules
- experience jet lag
- be exposed to mental stress
Learn more information about an airline pilot license.