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Professional Pilot

"What Can I Do With a Major in...Professional Pilot?"

Why Major in Professional Pilot?

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Pilot will be able to:

  • Express oneself clearly and concisely in writing and speech.
  • Complete and present projects based on research, data interpretation, and analysis.
  • Complete work utilizing inputs and outputs from other members in team projects including simulated work environments.
  • Define solutions to challenges that require critical thinking.
  • Explain aviation terminology and list relevant key literature references in the student's subject field.
  • Recognize and solve typical practical and theoretical real life problems in the student's aviation field.
  • Discuss safety, economic, and political issues that affect aviation activities in the student's career area.
  • Define the key issues affecting leadership and management in the aviation industry.
  • Define further career options, academic learning opportunities, and professional training and certification opportunities upon graduation.
  • Apply for next-step career opportunities using qualifications, experience, and interview skills gained in the course of the student's study program.

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Air Traffic Reporting Pilot Meteorologist
Airport Manager Military Pilot
Assistant Test Operator Operations Supervisor
Associate Transportation Engineer Inspector Passenger Service Agent
Astronaut Passenger Service Representative
Aviation Attorney Quality Control Inspector
Aviation Inspector Ramp Planner
Aviation Medical Examiner Ramp Service Personnel
Baggage Handler Regional Airline Pilot
Cabin Maintenance Mechanic Safety Inspector
Cargo Handler Scheduling Coordinator
Commercial Pilot Security Officers
Corporate Pilot Security Specialist
Customer Service Representative Senior Transport Engineer
Customs Agent Sky Caps
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Field Inspector Station Manager
Fire and Crash Rescue Supervising Airplane Pilot
Fixed Base Operator Manager Test Pilot
Flight Dispatcher Transportation Engineer
Flight Instructor Transportation Planner
Freight reservation Travel Agent

Related Job Listings/Job Search Website

Air Line Pilots Association
Plane Jobs
Federal Aviation Administration
Flite Jobs
Airline Careers
Flight Crew Jobs
Flight International
Airline Pilot Central
Aviation Employment

Affiliated Organizations

FAA Homepage
Aviation Digital Data Service (Weather Information)
Missouri Pilots Association
General Aviation Serving All Americans
Ninety-Nines Homepage (International Organization of Women Pilots)

Airline Groups and Associations
Airline Association for Benchmarking & Measurement
Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies
Arab Air Carriers Organization
Association of European Airlines (AEA)
The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG)
European Regions Airline Association
Regional Airline Association Represents
World Airline Entertainment Association

Airport Groups and Associations
The Airport Association for Benchmarking (TAAB)
Airport Consultants Council (ACC)
Airports Council International (ACI)
Airports Council International (European Region)
Airports Council International (North America)
American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
British Airports Group (B.A.G.)
The European Union Airport Coordinators Association (EUACA)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
International Association of Airport Executives
Iowa Public Airports Association (IPAA)
The Peachtree DeKalb Airport Association (PDKAA)
Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection
U.S. Citizens Aviation Watch

Airship & Ballooning Groups and Associations
The Airship Association Established
Balloons Over Idaho
Experimental Balloon and Airship Association (EBAA)
Naval Airship Association, Inc. (NAA)

Gliding Organizations
Soaring Association of Canada
Vintage Sailplane Association
Women Soaring Pilots Association
Soaring Society of America

Hang Gliding and Ultralight Organizations
British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA)
Hawaiian Hang Gliding Association, Ltd.
Irish Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (IHPA)
US Hang Gliding Association
United States Ultralight Association, Inc. (USUA)

Helicopter Organizations
American Helicopter Society International
Australian Sports Rotorcraft Association
Bell 47 Helicopter Association
Eastern Region Helicopter Council, Inc.
Navy Helicopter Alumni Association
Popular Rotorcraft Association
Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network

Historical & Preservation Associations
The Aircraft Engine Historical Society
American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS)
Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation
The Arrow Alliance
Belgian Aviation History Association
Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
The Collings Foundation Founded
First Flight Centennial Foundation
The First Flight Society
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery
Latin American Aviation Historical Society
The National Aviation Hall of Fame
The Society of Air Racing Historians
The Yakkes Foundation

Homebuilt and Experimental Aircraft Groups and Organizations
Experimental Aircraft Association Activities
EAA Warbird Squadron No.9
Popular Rotorcraft Association
Sport Aircraft Association New Zealand (SAANZ)

Humanitarian & Charitable Aviation Organizations
The Air Care Alliance
Angel Flight, Inc.
Angel Flight East
Angel Flight Georgia
Corporate Angel Network
Life Line Pilots
Piedmont Silver Eagles Charitable Funds, Inc.

Maintenance Organizations
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance
Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council
Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA)

Medical Organizations
Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)
National EMS Pilots Association

Military Organizations
The Air Force Association
Naval Helicopter Association
Sabre Pilots Association Of the Air Division Squadrons (SPAADS)

Modeling Organizations
The International Plastic Modelers Society (USA)

Pilot and Owners Groups
Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA)
Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Switzerland
American Yankee Association
Associated Airtanker Pilots
Associazione Nazionale Piloti Aviazione Commerciale (Italy)
Australian Federation of Air Pilots
Austrian Cockpit Association
Belgian Cockpit Association
British Airline Pilots Association
Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA)
Canadian Seaplane Pilots Association
Cessna Pilots Association Technical
The Cherokee Pilots' Association
EEA Warbirds of America
European Sport Pilot Association
Hellenic American Pilots Association
I Fly America Association
International Association of Natural Resources Pilots (IANRP)
International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA)
International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations
Irish Airline Pilots Association
The National Broadcast Pilots Association
The Ninety-Nines, Inc.
Piedmont Silver Eagles, Inc.
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA)
Sindicato Español de Pilotos de Líneas aéreas (Spain)
Sport Aviation Association
Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada (UPAC)
US Airways Pilots Web Site
Vereniging van nederlandse Verkeervliegers (Netherlands)

Safety Organizations
Aviation Safety Institute
The International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA)
Flight Safety Foundation
Maintenance And Ramp Safety Society (MARSS)
National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation
National Safe Skies Alliance
SAFE Association

Sporting Bodies
The Aero Club of South Africa
Australian Sports Rotorcraft Association (ASRA)
Recreational Aviation Australia
Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association
Aviation Society of Ireland
British Aerobatic Association
Danish Ultralight Flying Association
European Civil Aviation Conference
Experimental Aircraft Association
Experimental Balloon and Airship Association
Federation Francaise de Vol a Voile
Gliding Federation of Australia
Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA)
International Aerobatic Club
The Parachute Association of Ireland
The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom
Sport Aircraft Association New Zealand (SAANZ)

Trade and Professional Organizations
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)
The Air and Expedited Motor Carriers Association (AEMCA's)
Air Transport Action Group
Air Transport Association (ATA)
Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC)
Airborne Law Enforcement Association
Aircraft Electronics Association
Airforwarders Association
American Bar Association's Air & Space Law Forum
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Association of British Travel Agents
Association of Corporate Travel Executives
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
Australian Parachute Federation (APF)
Aviation Crime Prevention Institute
California Alliance for Advanced Transportation Systems (CAATS)
Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)
The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA)
European Association of Aerospace Industries (AECMA)
European Business Aviation Association (EBAA)
European Civil Aviation Conference
European Aviation Suppliers Association
Farnborough Aerospace Consortium
Freedom to Fly
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
German Aerospace Industries Association
Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (French Aerospace Industries Association)
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
International Air Carriers Organisation
International Air Rail Organisation (IARO)
International Aviation Handlers' Association (IAHA)
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (I.C.A.S.)
International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association (IFATCA)
International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA)
The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading
Kenya International Freight & Warehousing Association
Miami Maintenance Management Council
National Aeronautic Association
National Air Transportation Association (NATA)
National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA)
National Aircraft Resale Association
The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)
National Business Aviation Association, Inc.
National Business Travel Association (NBTA)
North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA)
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Ontario Aerospace Council
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Panhellenic Electronic Engineers Union of Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
The Parachute Industry Association (PIA)
Royal Aeronautical Society
Professional Women Controllers, Inc. (PWC)
The Society of British Aerospace Companies Ltd.
United States Aerospace Industry Representatives in Europe (USAIRE)
The Washington Aviation Association

Training and Education Organizations
Aerospace Education Foundation (AEF)
The Air League
Association of Aerospace Universities (AAU)
The Greater Houston Association of Flight Instructors
National Association of Flight Instructors
National Aviation and Space Education Alliance
The North American Trainer Association
University Aviation Association

Unions and Employee Groups
Air Logistics Aircrew Union
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AFMFA)
Airline Dispatchers Federation
Airline Employment Assistance Corps
Airline Pilots Association
Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO
Australian Federation of Air Pilots
Delta Air Line Pilots Association
Leeward Islands Air Line Pilots' Association (LIALPA)
National Air Traffic Controllers
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO)
Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)

Women's Organizations
Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)
International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA)
The Ninety-Nines, Inc.
Professional Women Controllers, Inc. (PWC)
Women in Aviation, International
Women Soaring Pilots Association
Soaring Society of America

Four-Year Academic Plan

Professional Pilot Major, B.S. Degree


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me?

Jessica Johnson
Career Development Coordinator