10 of the best things about being an airline pilot

by L3 Commercial Aviation on Mar 10 2018
A career as an Airline Pilot is probably the best job in the world! Here's why.

1. Who Doesn’t Love to Travel?

Traveling is one of the major perks of this career. As a pilot, you have opportunities to go to places you’ve never been! With free time between flights, pilots have the chance to explore new cities and spend time experiencing different cultures. No two work days will be the same, and that may be one of the best parts.

2. You Can’t Beat the View

Not many people in the world can say they have an office in the clouds. Most pilots say it’s a view they never grow tired of. From witnessing thunderstorms form in distant clouds, to looking out at a vast, never-ending blue sky, it’s easy to see why.

3. Travel Discounts for Family and Friends

While pilots travel often, it isn’t always fun to do alone. As a pilot, it is likely that you will have access to discounted (and sometimes free) plane tickets for family and friends, which means good deals on great vacations. And in addition to airfare, a number of hotels provide discounted prices as well!

4. Job Security

If you’re looking for a job with major job security, you’ve found it. The demand for pilots is soaring. In fact, experts estimate that the need for pilots has steadily surpassed the supply, and will continue to do so for years to come. With that in mind, there’s no better time to become a pilot.

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 in the plane. There’s nothing to take home once you finish your day and close that cock pit door. Which leaves for more time to explore the latest city of the week, spend time with the ones you love, or pick up a new hobby.

6. Enjoy Free Time

Free time is never hard to come by as a pilot. Most pilots work an average of 2-3 weeks a month, which means you have the rest of the month to enjoy to yourself. Most pilots use this time to connect with their family, take vacations, or just relax. Pilots can spend their days however they wish to and with a free pass around world, their options are nearly unlimited.

7. Challenge Yourself

Being a pilot means constantly learning. While it’s important to know the specifics and regulations, learning goes beyond the books in this job. Real-time learning happens behind the controls of a plane, but luckily pilots can learn from everyone around them. Anything can happen once the plane leaves the ground, and pilots challenge themselves by going into a work day and not knowing exactly how it will go, but making it work anyway.

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 career that allows for substantial growth opportunities. Nearly all airlines offer standard annual raises, along with health benefits. n fact, airline and commercial pilots can expect to work their way up to a six-figure median annual income.

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10. Do What You Love

Most importantly, becoming a pilot allows you to do what you love. Pilots have a passion for flying high in the sky, and nothing is more rewarding than taking people along for the ride. Reaching your dreams is not an impossible task, and pilots can attest to that. As the saying goes, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Learn more about how you can become a pilot in the US with L3 Airline Academy