October 20, 2013

The Inevitable Pilot Shortage

Earlier this month, USA Today posted an article titled, “Airlines Hire Pilots As Shortage Looms” That’s right, this is a huge opportunity for job seekers.

Airline pilots are in demand. It’s estimated that in the next 20 years, the industry will be short 35,000 pilots. This is due to retirements, changing training requirements, and required time spans between flights. One airline is planning to hire 1,500 pilots in the next 5 years. The good news is that you can capitalize on this shortage, if you earn your pilot’s license.

It isn’t easy to become a pilot. Earning a pilot’s license requires ground school and at least 1500 hours of flight time. Flight school costs around $100,000 and entry level jobs with small commuter airlines or air taxis may only pay $20,000. Over time, usually about 5 to 15 years, pilots can make over $100,000 a year. It’s a career path that takes time to develop, but the benefits are well worth it.

Did you know there are tens of thousands of airports scattered around the globe? That’s where pilots work. They literally get to cruise the skies flying from one airport to the next. It’s exciting work that takes place both on the ground and at high altitudes.

It’s the pilots job to make sure his valuable cargo makes it from point A to point B safely and efficiently. They review weather, prep planes, manage instruments, talk with air traffic controllers, and of course take off and land. Pilots need to be well trained and constantly focused.

The aviation industry needs people like you to become pilots. There is a massive shortage looming in this niche and with the proper training, it could be your ticket to a high paying, exciting job.

You can learn more about pilot jobs on JobMonkey or start your pilot job search on the Job Board today.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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