Have you always dreamed of becoming a pilot and taking to the skies, but aren’t sure what your career possibilities might be? To make your decision a little easier, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 most rewarding aviation careers. You may find one which is just right for you!

1. Airline Pilot

Most of us think of this career when we hear the word “pilot”. Flying for the airline industry offers opportunities with regional airline carriers as well as major airlines worldwide.

Being an airline pilot has its perks. It is a glamorous, exciting, and highly rewarding job.

2. Air Force Pilot

Flying for the Air Force opens doors to some of the fastest and most manoeuvrable aircraft in the skies. As an Air Force pilot, you also have the opportunity to fly carriers transporting troops and supplies to disaster zones. You also have the opportunity to carry out covert surveillance missions, in aircraft armed with state-of-the-art radar and sensory systems.

3. Flight Instructor

This career is perfect for those who want to continue gaining flying experience, whilst sharing their aviation knowledge with young and ambitious future pilots.

A job as a flight instructor is incredibly fulfilling. Just as you’ll never forget your first solo flight, you won’t forget watching your students take off on theirs.

4. Aerobatic Pilots

This is most certainly, not your average day job! Due to their career, aerobatic pilots have an enhanced ability to recover from unusual flight conditions, quicker than your average pilot. Aerobatics requires a lot of practice; however, those skills learned are highly valuable. In fact, military fighter pilots are taught aerobatics in order to develop their flying skills for tactical use in combat.

If you’re a thrill seeker and love the idea of rotating aircraft about their longitudinal (roll) axis or lateral (pitch) axis, then an aerobatic pilot is the career for you!

5. Test Pilot

A test pilot flies new and modified aircraft in specific manoeuvres. These manoeuvres are known as flight test techniques (FTTs), which allow for the aircraft results to be measured and it’s design to be evaluated. To be a test pilot, you must have excellent knowledge of aeronautical engineering to understand how and why the plane must be tested. You must also have excellent analytical skills and incredible flying accuracy to follow the flight plan.

Whilst your knowledge of aviation must be exceptional, you do get the privilege of seeing the newest technological and design advancements in aviation!

If you’re wondering where a career as a pilot can take you, check out our Pilot Pathways Infographic or, if you’re wanting to take the next step in your aviation career, why not check out The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane).

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