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Occupational Report for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers (53-2011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

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Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Employment Outlook for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement openings.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers There are 2 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 2 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Flight Test Engineer 2 - Salem, OR - 14000BL 10/29/14 Salem DOE
CESSNA CARAVAN CAPTAIN 9/26/14 Portland $510.00/wk to $680.00/wk
Job Openings from the Web for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
License License Authority Web Site
Pilot Registration, Oregon Oregon Department of Aviation
Wages for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (annual wages) Avg
10th 25th 50th
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $39,708 $44,024 $76,403 $107,088 $117,389 $75,833
Multnomah / Washington 39,551 43,646 73,087 107,836 117,611 75,330
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Regional Employment Projections for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 542 558 16 3.0% 2 16 18
Multnomah / Washington 479 514 35 7.3% 4 14 18
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 25 19 -6 -24.0% 0 1 1
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 11 11 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 9 10 1 11.1% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
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Ownership 2012
Total All Industries All 542
Total All Industries Private 509
Transportation and Warehousing Private 509
Air Transportation Private 493
Scheduled Air Transportation Private 451
Nonscheduled Air Transportation Private 42
Support Activities for Transportation Private 16
Support Activities for Air Transportation Private 16
Total All Industries Federal 33
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 33
Educational Requirements for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree. Those with a Bachelor's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market. Up to five years of related work experience is commonly considered necessary for this occupation. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • Adjust To Variables On Transportation Routes
  • Apply Emergency Non-Medical Procedures
  • Apply Geographic Knowledge
  • Apply Local And Regional Geographical Knowledge To Transportation
  • Apply Meteorology Theory To Aircraft Navigation
  • Apply Visual Flight Procedures
  • Concentrate Amid Noise And Distraction
  • Ensure Aircraft Safety
  • Evaluate Pilots For Proficiency
  • Explain Traffic And Transportation Situations Concisely
  • Flight Test New And Altered Aircraft
  • Follow Aviation Emergency Procedures
  • Follow Aviation Regulations
  • Follow Established Traffic And Transportation Procedures
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Keep Detailed Flight Records And Logs
  • Monitor And Operate Flight Instruments
  • Monitor Gauges And Instruments On Aircraft
  • Navigate Aircraft
  • Operate Flight Equipment
  • Operate Navigation Equipment
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Perform In-Flight Repairs
  • Perform Minor Aircraft Maintenance
  • Perform Safety Inspections In Transportation Setting
  • Pilot Aircraft
  • Plan And Organize Flight Patterns
  • Plan And Schedule Aircraft Maintenance
  • Quickly Recall Information On Many Aircraft
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Maps
  • Read Navigation Charts
  • Read, Speak And Understand English For Aviation Communications
  • Respond To In-Flight Data
  • Search For Overdue Aircraft
  • Supervise Pre And Post Flight Procedures
  • Teach Flight School
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Calculus
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Navigation Technology And Equipment
  • Verify Cargo And Passenger Distribution On Aircraft
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Central Oregon Community College
Lane Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Commercial Pilots 74%
Air Traffic Controllers 40%
Airfield Operations Specialists 39%