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Pilot Jobs Overview A career as a pilot is one of travel and perceived glamour, but is also a highly responsible ...

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Pilot Jobs Overview

A career as a pilot is one of travel and perceived glamour, but is also a highly responsible position involving a large amount of technical knowledge and training. Pilots of all aircraft types need to have excellent eyesight and good hand-eye co-ordination, good concentration powers, and an ability to stay calm under pressure. It is also essential to be able to follow set procedures correctly and accurately.

Pilot Jobs Education Requirements

Both airline and helicopter pilots need a commercial flying licence if they are to earn money for their piloting. The first step is usually to earn a private flying licence, which allows flight on a non-commercial basis, followed by further training and flight hours before earning a commercial licence. Another popular route into flying is to apply for air force jobs before taking a conversion course to earn a commercial licence, although candidates should be aware that the military will commit them for a certain number of years.

Pilot Jobs Market

Pilot jobs can come in a variety of guises, from private or company aircraft jobs transporting individuals, to commercial airline pilot positions carrying passengers or freight. The vast majority of pilots are male, with only 3% of UK licensed commercial pilots being female, although the industry is taking steps to change this. Career progression often follows a set path, with promotions permissible only after a required amount of flying hours have been accrued.

Pilot Jobs Salary Information

The salary range for a pilot is extremely large. Newly qualified airline pilots for a small carrier can earn between £20,000 and £30,000 a year. A typical first officer role could earn £50,000, while an experienced captain with a major long-haul carrier can earn up to £140,000 plus bonuses and travel allowances. The range for helicopter pilot jobs is smaller, and is generally between £25,000 and £45,000 a year depending on employer, location, experience and duties.

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