Being an airline pilot is probably one of the best jobs in the world. Responsible for commanding commercial flights, flying passengers to long or short-haul destinations and an office above the clouds travelling the globe.
Below are our top 10 reasons why becoming a commercial pilot is a rewarding career:
1. Who doesn’t love to travel?
Travelling is one of the major perks of this career. Being an airline pilot means you have opportunities to travel - and get paid to do it!
With all the different routes that pilots travel, every working day means taking off in one country only to land in another - potentially to a country you haven’t explored yet.
Depending on your schedule you might end up staying overnight or longer, giving you the opportunity to explore new cities and experience different cultures.
2. You can’t beat the view
Not many people in the world can say they have an office in the clouds. Most airline pilots say it’s a view they never grow tired of. From thunderstorms in distant clouds to never-ending blue sky, it’s easy to see why.
3. Travel discounts for family and friends
Being an airline pilot, it is likely you will have access to discounted (and sometimes free) plane tickets for family and friends, which means good deals on great vacations. Some airlines may ask friends and family to pay charges and taxes, but this is likely to be the extent of what your loved ones will have to pay - in some cases, you can even upgrade to business or first class!
And in addition to airfare, a number of hotels provide discounted prices as well!
4. Career focus
If you’re looking for a job with major job satisfaction, you’ve found it. Commanding a plane filled with passengers and getting them safely from A to B is as satisfying as it gets. One of the major benefits of being a pilot is you can expect a hugely rewarding career; from taking your first solo flight, completing your first landing, flying to a new destination to overcoming challenges, every day is rewarding as a pilot in the cockpit.
5. Work stays at work
No one likes taking their work home with them, and aside from studying for annual tests, pilots leave their work on the plane. There’s nothing to take home once you finish your day and close that cockpit door.
6. Flexible working
Flexible working has always been a major advantage of being a pilot. It's not your typical 9-5, Monday to Friday job.
7. Challenge yourself
Being a pilot means constantly learning. With so many flights departing airports every single day, no two flights are ever the same - even when you’re a pilot. Each day can bring a new challenge, which not only keeps things exciting but also encourages you to become a better pilot.
8. Meet new people
As a pilot, you will constantly have the opportunity to meet new people. From your flight crew to passengers, to residents of the cities you visit, you’ll be introduced to people and cultures you may not have otherwise had the opportunity to become acquainted with.
9. Salary and health benefits
Aviation is a rewarding career that offers personal and career growth opportunities. Pilots earn competitive salaries with opportunities to further their careers in the cockpit or broaden their career path into aviation management.
10. Do what you love
Most importantly, becoming a pilot allows you to do what you love. And as the saying goes; ‘if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.’