Commercial Pilots

Summary Report for: 53-2012.00 – Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-winged aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots.

Sample of reported job titles: Captain, Charter Pilot, Check Airman, Chief Pilot, Commercial Pilot, EMS Helicopter Pilot (Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot), First Officer, Helicopter Pilot, Line Pilot, Pilot

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· Use instrumentation to pilot aircraft when visibility is poor.

· Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight according to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.

· Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.

· Check aircraft prior to flights to ensure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly.

· Consider airport altitudes, outside temperatures, plane weights, and wind speeds and directions to calculate the speed needed to become airborne.

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Technology Skills

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· Data base user interface and query software — Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Logs PPC; AirSmith FlightPrompt; doXstor Flight Level Logbook; Skylog Services Skylog Pro

· Flight control software — Flight simulation software

· Information retrieval or search software — AeroPlanner; Notam Development Group Airport Insight

· Office suite software — Microsoft Office

· Route navigation software — Navzilla

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· Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

· Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

· Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

· English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

· Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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· Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

· Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

· Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

· Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

· Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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· Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

· Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.

· Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

· Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

· Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

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Work Activities

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· Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

· Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

· Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

· Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

· Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Detailed Work Activities

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· Pilot aircraft.

· Inspect aircraft or aircraft components.

· Monitor engine operation or functioning.

· Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.

· Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.

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Work Context

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· Contact With Others — 69% responded “Constant contact with others.”

· Face-to-Face Discussions — 76% responded “Every day.”

· Telephone — 74% responded “Every day.”

· Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 71% responded “Extremely important.”

· Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 65% responded “Very important results.”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate’s degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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 Percentage of Respondents Education Level Required
28   Bachelor’s degree
25   Post-secondary certificate


23   High school diploma or equivalent


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Interest code: RIE

· Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

· Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

· Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

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Work Styles

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· Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

· Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

· Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

· Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

· Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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Work Values

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· Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

· Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

· Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Related Occupations

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53-5021.02 Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
53-5021.03 Pilots, Ship

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2016) $77,200 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2014) 44,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Faster than average (9% to 13%) Faster than average (9% to 13%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 15,100
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2014) Transportation and Warehousing

Educational Services

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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