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When a person tells you that they are going to school to become a pilot, the first question that comes to mind might be, “what airline are you going to fly for?” If you’re an aspiring pilot but you’re dreading having to update your passengers with the current weather, don’t worry, there are many other employment opportunities that might be the right choice for you.
Here are 5 non-airline pilot jobs to consider.
If you’re looking for the ability to set your own schedule and be home every night while still using your pilot skills, being a flight instructor may be for you. A self-employed flight instructor can work anytime, and as much or little as they choose. Their income potential depends on how much time and effort they put into their own business. Working for a flight school may not provide the same flexibility in schedule but may offer a more dependable salary and benefits.
However, instructors tend to earn less income than other professional pilots and may get bored of the same routine. If flying the same aircraft at the same airport everyday sounds like nails on a chalkboard, another job might be best.
Also known as charter pilots, air taxi pilots are a part of the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. Servicing wealthy businessmen, pop stars, professional sports teams, and high-profile families, they fly all sorts of aircraft and travel to a variety of exotic locations.
By the nature of the clientele, the job of a charter pilot is always ‘on call.’ This means the pilot must be ready to fly at a moment’s notice. Whenever the client needs to fly, wheels up! Though this job might take you to some unique locations, it might also result in being stuck in a remote airport for days.
Corporate pilots often enjoy high salaries, great benefits, and a comfortable quality of life. They get to fly the newest aircrafts, and often the most luxurious business jets.
Similar to charter pilots, corporate pilots can also find themselves stuck in remote locations waiting for clients for days on end. Another concern for pilots in the corporate world is the fear of downsizing. In hard economic times, those expensive planes and pilots are usually the first to be cut.
Lastly, the government needs pilots in several different capacities. Pilots are needed in fire-fighting, police work, border patrol, FBI, research efforts, military, and more. Pay is usually on par with comparable civilian positions.
However, just like other government positions, pilots who work for the government have some disadvantages as well. For example, there may not be much room for advancement.
Medevac pilots help to evacuate patients during medical emergencies. They help to transport patients between hospitals and are a part of life-saving efforts. They receive competitive salaries but the real payment is in the satisfaction received from helping others.
These pilots must be highly experienced and receive medical training. Jobs in this field are difficult to get and can require work at all hours, in intense situations, and can lead to high stress.
If you’re interested in becoming a pilot, please contact Elevate Aviation here in Salt Lake City, Utah. We’re passionate about flying, training, and safety in the sky!