Ricardo Torres Period 3
Career Overview / Career Details
Duties and Responsibility
Salary and Wage Potential
Depth Perception - You have to be able to see clearly and judge the distances between things.
Detail Oriented- You have to keep a good eye on all the systems.
Problem solving skills - You have to be able to try to find a solution in the case of an emergency.
Quick reaction time - Pilots have to be able to make quick changes without an intervention from the computer systems on board.
And being nice is also a good trait to have because you two (captain and co-pilot) have hundreds of lives on your hands.
Job Outlook and Growth
However, the job outlook seems even more bleak since all the airlines have been merging over the past 8 years. Northwest merged into Delta, Airtran into Southwest, Continental into United, and now US Airways into American. With mergers, any pilot can expect work cutbacks.
Advancement and Alternatives
An alternative would be an ATC (Air Traffic Controller)
The job is to give planes clearance to take off and land. The job pays $50 an hour and requires a Air Management degree from an FAA school. The only thing that is bad is that job growth is declining 3% because the FAA spent their money on hiring more people and buying some new satellites.