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Occupational Report for Commercial Pilots (53-2012) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international airline pilots.

Employment Outlook for Commercial Pilots
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 about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Commercial Pilots There are 5 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 5 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Pilot for Horizon Air 10/19/14 Portland
ATR First Officer 9/26/14 Portland $379.00/wk to $505.00/wk
Power Line Construction Helicopter Pilot 9/15/14 Canby DOE
Chief Pilot 9/11/14 Hillsboro to N/A DOE
Helicopter Pilot - contract 2/2/14 Portland
Job Openings from the Web for Commercial Pilots The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 4 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 4 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Pilot for Horizon Air 10/27/14 Portland Alaska Airlines
Pilot for Horizon Air 10/16/14 Portland Horizon Air
Pilot for Horizon Air 9/7/14 Portland Horizon Air Industries Inc.
Helicopter Pilot - contract 8/25/14 Portland Sinclair Broadcast Group
State of Oregon License Information for Commercial Pilots No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Commercial Pilots
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (annual wages) Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $33,643 $42,498 $60,771 $76,317 $104,807 $64,104
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 36,025 47,429 64,652 84,194 125,520 70,515
Jackson / Josephine 35,782 53,331 67,436 75,629 113,024 69,673
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 41,596 46,126 58,483 75,678 92,153 62,463
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Commercial Pilots
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 675 769 94 13.9% 9 20 29
Multnomah / Washington 217 260 43 19.8% 4 6 10
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 145 165 20 13.8% 2 4 6
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 125 144 19 15.2% 2 4 6
Jackson / Josephine 97 110 13 13.4% 1 3 4
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 46 52 6 13.0% 1 1 2
Lane 37 41 4 10.8% 0 1 1
Clackamas 16 19 3 18.8% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 15 17 2 13.3% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 5 6 1 20.0% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 5 5 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 5 5 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 5 6 1 20.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 2 2 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.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Commercial Pilots
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 675
Total All Industries Private 648
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 167
Forestry and Logging Private 88
Logging Private 88
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 79
Support Activities for Crop Production Private 27
Support Activities for Forestry Private 52
Construction Private 10
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 10
Manufacturing Private 59
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 55
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 55
Transportation and Warehousing Private 171
Air Transportation Private 94
Scheduled Air Transportation Private 31
Nonscheduled Air Transportation Private 63
Support Activities for Transportation Private 74
Support Activities for Air Transportation Private 74
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Private 10
Rental and Leasing Services Private 10
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing Private 10
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 40
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 12
Educational Services Private 124
Technical and Trade Schools Private 124
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 44
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 44
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 44
Total All Industries Local 26
Educational Services Local 19
Junior Colleges Local 19
Educational Requirements for Commercial Pilots 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. 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 Commercial Pilots
  • Adjust To Variables On Transportation Routes
  • Apply Emergency Non-Medical Procedures
  • Apply Fire Suppression Techniques
  • Apply Geographic Knowledge
  • Apply Local And Regional Geographical Knowledge To Transportation
  • Apply Meteorology Theory To Aircraft Navigation
  • Apply Visual Flight Procedures
  • 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 And Report On Traffic Conditions
  • Monitor Gauges And Instruments On Aircraft
  • Navigate Aircraft
  • Operate Aerial Photography Equipment
  • Operate Crop Dusting Equipment
  • Operate Emergency Fire And Rescue Equipment And Vehicles
  • Operate Flight Equipment
  • Operate Helicopters
  • 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
  • Practice Emergency Fire Fighting And Rescue Preparedness Procedures
  • 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 Algebra
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Navigation Technology And Equipment
  • Use Rescue Procedures
  • Use Spray Application Equipment
  • Verify Cargo And Passenger Distribution On Aircraft
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Commercial Pilots 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 Commercial Pilots 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 Commercial Pilots 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
Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers 74%
Airfield Operations Specialists 32%
Air Traffic Controllers 31%