Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Pilot and navigate the flight of multi-engine aircraft in regularly scheduled service for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport rating and certification in specific aircraft type used. Include aircraft instructors with similar certification.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings. Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor. Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures. Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment. Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed. Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions. Steer aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers. Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met. Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights. Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists. Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights. Confer with flight dispatchers and weather forecasters to keep abreast of flight conditions. Direct activities of aircraft crews during flights. Brief crews about flight details, such as destinations, duties, and responsibilities. Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights. Record in log books information such as flight times, distances flown, and fuel consumption. Make announcements regarding flights, using public address systems.
License: 1. Minimum age may vary from 16 to 21 years of age, depending on the certificate or license desired. 2. Training, education, and experience will vary for each certificate or license, but will be consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. A copy of these regulations may be obtained from: Superintendent of Documents-U.S. Government Printing Office-Washington, D.C. 20402, or on the Federal Flight Standards website. 3. In general, there are training requirements, flight hours, written and practical tests, and medical requirement. The applicant should contact the FAA in Alabama for specific examination schedules. The FAA does not charge any fees.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry   Entry $93,289.00
Mean   Mean $106,798.00
Experience Experience $113,552.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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