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What is it like to be a Pilot?

A career as a pilot can take you around the world. Whether you fly as a commercial pilot for an airline, training organisation, operate charter flights or as an instructor - the sky really is the limit.

For more information about a career as a Pilot, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Pilots need a keen eye for detail, ability to analyse and solve problems, the aptitude to make crucial operational decisions, and most importantly a passion for flying.

Other important skills include:

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • active listening
  • time management
  • systems evaluation

To become a Pilot

To be able to become a Pilot, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

Once you have successfully completed your flight training and graduated from the Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations), the Australian Civil Aviation Authority will issue your Commercial Pilot Licence, an Instrument Rating and Multi-engine endorsement. 

This will allow you to start your career as a pilot in general aviation or perhaps enter a cadet program with an Airline. Further experience will allow you to seek employment with airlines across the globe.


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