Air Transport Professionals fly and navigate aircraft, control and direct air traffic to ensure the safe and efficient operation of aircraft in flight and on the ground, and instruct students in flying aircraft.

    You may need to complete practical and theoretical training to work as an Air Transport Professional. Exact requirements will vary depending on the role.

    Tasks

    • preparing and submitting flight plans giving consideration to factors such as weather conditions and aircraft performance
    • flying aircraft in accordance with established air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures
    • providing flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff
    • controlling aircraft movements, and directing aircraft taxiing, take-offs and landings by radio
    • providing pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services
    • completing cockpit preparations and external inspections to determine that aircraft are acceptable for flight
    • monitoring aircraft performance and reporting on mechanical condition
    • giving in-flight instruction, supervising solo flights, accompanying students on training flights and demonstrating techniques for controlling aircraft

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    • $2,558 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 19,400 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 9% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Air Transport Professionals (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 19,400 in 2018 to 20,500 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Air Transport Professionals 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.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,558 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 9% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20089900
    200912900
    20108100
    201115300
    201214100
    201315500
    201414000
    201514500
    201613400
    201713800
    201819400
    202320500

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsAir Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings25581460

    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 Warehousing68.3
    Public Administration and Safety17.2
    Education and Training5.8
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.1
    Other Industries6.6

    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.
    StateAir Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.131.6
    VIC19.125.6
    QLD30.220.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA11.810.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT3.91.0
    ACT2.11.9

    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 BracketAir Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-246.0-9.39.3
    25-3426.0-22.922.9
    35-4426.4-22.022.0
    45-5424.9-21.621.6
    55-598.8-9.09.0
    60-644.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationAir Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree28.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma37.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.0-21.121.1
    Year 1213.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.5-12.512.5

    You may need to complete practical and theoretical training to work as an Air Transport Professional. Exact requirements will vary depending on the role.

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

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • specific licences depending on the type of air transport role

    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.

    Occupational Information Network
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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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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Being Exact or Accurate

      100% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    2. Contact With Others

      99% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Frequency of Decision Making

      99% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      99% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      98% Important

      How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    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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