Aviation careers come in many forms, appealing to a variety of pilots
Helicopter pilot, scenic tour pilot, corporate pilot, highway patrol pilot, fire fighting pilot, commercial pilot – if you love to fly, aviation offers a career option to suit your tastes and your needs.
So, you’ve decided you want to fly for a living. Now it’s time to narrow down your options. From large airline commercial pilots to private pilots, helicopters to fixed wing planes, high altitude operations to sea-level flying, there are many options and opportunities for those seeking a career in the skies.
This laundry list below covers many popular options, but the key decisions a student pilot needs to make are: helicopter or fixed wing, commercial or private, single-engine (like a Cessna training aircraft172 series) or multi-engine craft (Piper Seminole). Beyond that, decide if you want to fly long distances (commercial flight) or short (news broadcast, agricultural pilot) and if you are looking for a particular geography (high altitude flight requires special mountain training, water landings also require special training)
Major commercial airline pilot
Regional airline pilot
Commercial freight pilot
Corporate pilot / business pilot
Banner towing / aerial advertising
Medical evacuation / air ambulance
Search and rescue
Aircraft salesman/delivery pilot
Oil rig transport
Don’t see anything on this list that tickles your fancy? Then chances are you don’t really want to become a pilot because few other careers offer so much career diversity within their field as aviation does.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Justin Plentier writes about the wacky and the wonderful world of professional helicopter pilots and fixed wing pilots. He hopes some day to become a private pilot, if he can just get that next 150 flight training hours completed. Justin spends a few weeks each year touring and reviewing flight schools throughout the United States.