On the Job
Airline Pilots fly for airlines that transport people on a fixed schedule. They fly on scheduled air carrier routes. They may fly regionally, nationally, or internationally.
This career requires good eyesight and good hearing.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Pilot aircraft.
- Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.
- Monitor engine operation or functioning.
- Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
- Monitor work environment to ensure safety or adherence to specifications.
- Inspect aircraft or aircraft components.
- Test performance of aircraft equipment.
- Plan flight operations.
- Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
- Meet with coworkers to communicate work orders or plans.
Typical Working Conditions
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Working with a group or team.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- High levels of competition.
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