Aeroplane Pilots fly aeroplanes to transport passengers, mail and freight, or provide agricultural, aerial surveillance or other aviation services.

    You need to pass practical and theoretical exams to qualify for your pilot licence before you can work as an Aeroplane Pilot. The Civil Aviation Authority issues pilot licences. Flight training is available through private flying schools. Completing a formal qualification through either VET (Vocational Education and Training) or university may improve your chances of getting a job as an Aeroplane Pilot. You can also train to become an Aeroplane pilot with the Australian Defence Force.

    Tasks

    • Prepares and submits flight plans giving consideration to factors such as weather conditions and aircraft performance.
    • Flies aircraft in accordance with established air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures.
    • Provides flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff.
    • Completes cockpit preparations and external inspections to determine that aircraft are acceptable for flight.
    • Monitors aircraft performance and reporting on mechanical condition.

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    • $2,558 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Aeroplane Pilots

    • 8,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 6% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Aeroplane Pilots (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 8,100 in 2011 to 8,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Aeroplane Pilots work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 6% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing75.1
    Public Administration and Safety13.8
    Education and Training2.7
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.5
    Other Industries5.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAeroplane PilotsAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.531.6
    VIC17.225.6
    QLD28.120.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA13.310.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT4.21.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAeroplane PilotsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-246.2-9.39.3
    25-3425.7-22.922.9
    35-4427.3-22.022.0
    45-5425.4-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-644.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAeroplane PilotsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree30.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma37.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.5-21.121.1
    Year 1215.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.0-12.512.5

    You need to pass practical and theoretical exams to qualify for your pilot licence before you can work as an Aeroplane Pilot. The Civil Aviation Authority issues pilot licences. Flight training is available through private flying schools. Completing a formal qualification through either VET (Vocational Education and Training) or university may improve your chances of getting a job as an Aeroplane Pilot. You can also train to become an Aeroplane pilot with the Australian Defence Force.

    You must also be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • a pilot licence issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
    • an aircrew medical assessment

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Air Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Transportation

      89% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    2. Geography

      68% Skill level

      Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      64% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Psychology

      64% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    5. Mathematics

      63% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    1. Being Exact or Accurate

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    2. Contact With Others

      99% Important

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    3. Frequency of Decision Making

      99% Important

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    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      99% Important

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    5. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      98% Important

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-2011.00 - Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers.

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