Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
- Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
- Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
- Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
- Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
- Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
- Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
- Steer aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers.
- Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.
- Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
- Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.
The data sources for the information displayed here include: O*NET™; US Department of Labor (BLS); Virginia Workforce Connection.
Projections Quick View:
Virginia: + 2.6%
National: + 1.1%
Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Highest ($50,000 and up)