About the Career
Helicopter flights are usually of short duration and helicopter pilots usually work for an operator whose services are chartered. Helicopter pilots are often required to do precision flying hovering over a particular spot or landing on small cleared areas.
On the job you will:
- Transport accident victims to hospitals
- Rescue people stranded by floods
- Carry smoke jumpers and water to fight wild fires
- Lift heavy loads to building tops during building construction
- Carry workers and supplies to offshore oil rigs
Education and Training
Most employers of helicopter pilots require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Note: Helicopter and General Aviation Pilot career and jobs data are reported as the same from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.