6 Reasons why you should consider a career in Aviation
As you may know, we are currently experiencing a Global Pilot Shortage. It has been well documented on various news platforms but for those new to the topic- Aircraft manufacturer Boeing released a report mid-2017 estimating a need for 637,000 new commercial pilots, globally, over the next 20 years. Based on the increasing demand for flights across the globe and the need for more aircraft to deliver these flights, it goes without saying, someone will need to fly these planes.
Pilot shortage aside, why else should you look into one of the most rewarding careers around?
Becoming a pilot can lead to exciting, incredible careers!
When people think of “Pilot” as an occupation, the majority will automatically think of a Commercial Airline Pilot. But the reality is, this is just one of the opportunities available to qualified pilots. There are many careers available such as Law enforcement, Skydive pilot, Safety/ search and rescue pilot, Stunt pilot, Private jet, freight pilot.
Pilot, Pilote, Pilota, Piloto – the word “Pilot” is pretty much the same in every country, and there is no doubt that it is a career path that is respected globally. People look to pilots with admiration, they see it as a glamorous career. Sure, they may not see the hours spent studying or the financial investment it took to get there, but there’s not a whole lot that can compare to the sense of calm and feeling of freedom you experience when you ’re flying.
Return on investment
Like most careers, when you’re first starting out, don’t expect to be earning over $100k in your first years. You have to build to that kind of salary. But with the pilot shortage looming, you could get there quicker than those that were entering into the industry as little as 10-15 years ago. Airlines are lowering the entry requirements when it comes to the hours of experience you have achieved, meaning that you may spend less time doing the hard slog in some regional town before jumping into your first gig as a First Officer.
Also, Ladies. You are in demand!
Have you heard of Deborah Lawrie? She was the first Australian female pilot to work for a major Airline. It was not an easy accomplishment for her back in the late 70’s, and she fought very hard for equal opportunity and her right to fly, and she still flies to this day. Airlines are looking to diversify their workforce. With only 5% of Pilots being female, it’s no wonder the Airlines are trying to steer away from the image of it being a male dominated industry and welcoming more female pilots onboard.
It’s never boring!
Every day is different with new locations, ever-changing views, conditions; you name it. It won’t be the same twice. So if you’re someone where the monotony of routine and the 9 to 5 is getting you down, then a career in Aviation may be for you!
Becoming a pilot is not for the weak-willed, it takes commitment, dedication and passion. Don’t expect things to get handed to you on a silver platter. If you’re after a rewarding career with a significant return on investment, then adventure awaits!
If you’re interested in learning a bit more about the possibility of becoming a pilot as a career, feel free to get in touch with us at Soar Aviation on 1300 11 7627, and we can have a chat about what interests you and go through your options. And no, it doesn’t mean that you have to quit your current work to follow this path we do offer part-time courses so you can still earn while you study!
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