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Almost Done With Flight School? Research These 10 Career Tracks

If you want to be a professional pilot, don't forget to research these unique career tracks.

1) Medevac Pilot

Often times on call, medevac pilots have an interesting job. Both helicopters and airplanes transport patients in need of immediate care, specialized transportation accommodations, teams of doctors, or even organ transplants. Schedules usually are cyclical with a few days on-call, sometimes living directly at an airport medevac facility.

2) Aircraft Salesman

Aircraft salesmen often times get to demo some of the newest equipment out there. Flying all over the country or world for sales is common. In comparison to other pilot careers, you'll likely find yourself spending much more time at home in a sales position. That can be a really good thing if you hate being on the road!


3) Airline Pilot

The largest profession for pilots is becoming an airline pilot. Hiring at the regional airline level is continually increasing and the pay/benefits bar has raised significantly in recent years for entry-level regional First Officers.


4) Corporate/Personal Pilot

If you like a personal connection to those you fly and don't mind being on-call, this could be the path for you. While there are some jobs with set schedules, many pilots will find themselves on-call if they choose this career track.

5) Military Options

Beyond full-time options, the Air National Guard and Reserves can be excellent options if you'd like to consider part-time armed forces positions. You'll commonly find professional pilot, especially airline pilots, who have other careers in the military.


6) Charter Pilot

Charter companies can range from small single-pilot operations to airline-sized companies with thousands of pilots. Depending on where you work, you might be able to find jobs with set schedules instead of being on-call.

7) Bush Pilot

Bush flying is serious business and is a huge industry in seriously tough to reach regions of the world. You can find Bush Flying in anywhere from Alaska and Africa, to Indonesia and Australia.

8) Flight Instructor / Examiner

There are quite a few pilots who make long-term instruction and/or examining their career. More than almost any other option, you'll have to chance to stay comfortably at home with little time on the road overnight.


9) Aircraft Delivery

Delivery services can range from single-engine deliveries over the ocean to large corporate jets across multiple continents. By nature of this job, you'll find yourself spending a lot of time on the road.


10) And Much More...

There are seemingly endless unique jobs for pilots. Do some digging and see if any peak your interest. There's nothing wrong with looking at an unusual track!


What other careers should pilots look into? What is your career? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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