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HELICOPTER PILOT: A Good Education is Important

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Ron is a Helicopter Pilot for San Francisco Helicopters. Ron flies in the air for numerous reasons including tourism, photo flights and land surveys. Ron discusses with us his career background, what he does on a daily basis and what he wished he knew before starting his career.

Job Title: Helicopter Pilot
Employer: San Francisco Helicopters

Job Summary: Commercial Pilots

Job Description

Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters. Airline pilots fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule. Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and crop dusting.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required Commercial pilot’s license and Airline certifications.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$55,000 - $170,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding, Travel, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Organizational skills, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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