Pilot Careers Vs. Other Professional Careers

Airline Pilot Careers Vs. Other Professions, Occupations, Careers-

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Why a pilot career can prove to be a wise career choice when compared to other major professional occupations such as a doctor, lawyer, or dentist. General comparisons of education costs and expenses, length of school and training, to time frames in school and/or training before able to actually work as a paid professional…

Promising news for aspiring commercial pilots and ATP pilots. As their has and will always be negative media attention on airlines, pilot careers, and pilot pay, the actual facts of the matter can actually attract some positive attention to those interested in starting a professional pilot career.

What aspiring pilots need to understand is that commercial and ATP pilots do make decent money if they can stick with it for 5,10,15 years with the same airline or are fortunate to transfer to one that accepts pilot transfers without starting all over from the bottom of the pilot pool. In comparison to any other decent paying occupation, traditionally you would need to graduate from college with either a 4,8,12 year degree(s) to make over $100,000 per year.

With becoming a commercial pilot or ATP pilot , you can very well complete all of your pilot training in a matter of 2- 3 years if motivated, of which, half of that time you could be working as a certified flight instructor gaining additional flight hours towards your ATP certificate while receiving payment for training new pilots.

Pilots at major airlines receive upwards of $200k+ per year for flying big jumbo jets, are restricted to the amount of flight time they can work per week/per month, and they also receive numerous other benefits and perks. The problem is being able to work with an airline for that long in hopes that the airline does not re-structure, merge, or go under to the dtriment of their pilots. There are a plethora of extenuating circumstances that numerous pilots have to endure in terms of “negatives” of the aviation industry, but is this not very similar to any other occupation? Doctors?, Lawyers?, Dentists?

How long do these types of professionals go to school for before they can start working in their fields as licensed professionals?

How much do they make per year while going to school to receive their diplomas?

How much do they make right out of grad school?

As you can see these are examples of “OCCUPATIONS” that typically pay $100k+ per year, but only after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on education within an 4,8, or 12+ year time frame of receiving said education.

Do you see the connections when comparing the pilot career to that of any other major career? There is additional education and training, additional education costs, additional time frames of education and training, the major differences in time frames from training to be be able to work in professions, career supply and demand( there are plenty of doctors, lawyers, and dentists, but the world is in desparate need of qualified pilots), etc.

Not every pilot, doctor, lawyer, or dentist is going to make a gazillion dollars, especially right out of grad school or training. Eventually though, each professional will more than likely end up making a decent amount of money after 10+ years of working in their career. The major difference is the amount of time a pilot has at working in the real world receiving a paycheck while earning more hands on experience years before most other professions are able to do so. Life is what we make of it, largely dependent on the career decisions we make within the industry we want to work in, along with the network of connections we have, current life situations, and the opportunities that may present themselves at any given time within our occupational travels.

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Pilot Training Scholarships

Pilot Training Scholarships

Pilot Scholarships and Pilot Grants

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Do You Need Assistance Paying for Flight School or Aviation College?

If you are strongly considering becoming a pilot and are having a hard time finding a way to fund your pilot education, you may want to consider applying for a scholarship and/or grant to help carry the financial burden. As with most types of continued education, it can be quite costly and expensive. Fortunately, where there is a will, there is a way. You would be surprised to find out that when it comes to finding a way to pay for your flight school or aviation college that there are many different options available and an even larger number of people, organizations, associations, non profits, companies, and financial institutions willing to help.

How to Apply for a Flight School Scholarship or Flight School Grant

Applying for pilot grants, pilot scholarships, and pilot loans is not as complicated as most people may think. Yes, the amount of paperwork along with other criteria that are usually attached to applying for a scholarship, grant, financial aid, and/or loan can sometimes be very time consuming and tedious, but the reward for you is being able to achieve your dream of going to flight school to become a professional certified pilot.

Pilot Scholarships– A pilot scholarship is probably going to be the easiest route to take when it comes to applying. Most scholarships have basic criteria that each applicant must meet before they can even apply for said scholarship. If the applicant meets the requirements, then the next step is to find out what else is needed in order to apply. Most scholarships have the applicants write a long essay that includes information about themselves, what they plan on doing with the funds  if they are awarded the scholarship, what the applicant’s career path is, along with numerous other various questions and whatever documentation is needed to apply for the pilot scholarship.

Pilot Grants– A pilot grant is very similar to that of a pilot scholarship. A grant may or may not have to be paid back and sometimes the application process can be much more complex and complicated. make sure to check out the criteria for applying for a grant before doing so. Sometimes and  in order to apply for a grant, the specifications on how the grant application is prepared and written are to complicated and require special writing services.  If so, you may need to hire a professional grant writer to complete the pilot grant application for you so your application does not get denied.

Pilot Loans, Pilot Finance, and Pilot Financial Aid- Their are numerous other methods for financing your flight training, such as: The aviation school may provide in house payment plans( still apply for grants and scholarships to help with costs and expenses), you could seek out a traditional financial institution for a pilot loan or personal loan, apply for a collateral based loan, research other financial aid programs for education, apply for a pilot loan with secondary finance companies(be careful), etc.

What is nice about most of the scholarship and grant programs is that some of them will allow you to spend your funding on related education expenses or related living expenses while receiving your education and pilot training. Some examples of these secondary expenses that your grant or scholarship could be used for are as follows- transportation or vehicle, living expenses, laptop or computer for school, school supplies, school clothes and uniforms, any pilot equipment needed that is not included in your tuition, additional flight time, any other additional courses and exams, FAA check rides and examiners, medical certificates, U.S. Visa costs, travel costs, and TSA clearance costs (international students), etc.

Utilizing pilot grants and pilot scholarships should also be used in combination with in house financing, pilot loans, secondary loans, or whatever works for your particular financial situation. Just understand that there are numerous ways to finance pilot training and you should not get scared when you see how much it costs to become a properly trained and certified pilot, commercial pilot, or ATP.

Flight School Grants and Aviation College Scholarships

Source- FAA.gov-

AeroClub of New England’s Scholarship Program
Air Traffic Control Association – due 5/1
Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship
Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship
Non-Employee Student Scholarship
Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)- http://www.aea.net/educationalfoundation/scholarships.asp
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships & Awards
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Boeing Scholarships
Girls With Wings Scholarship
LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Scholarship
National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE)
University Aviation Association (UAA) Aviation Scholarship Guide
Women in Aviation International (WAI)
Women in Corporate Aviation

Minority Pilot Scholarships-
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS) Scholarships
American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountant’s (CPA’s) Scholarship
Association for Women In Aviation Maintenance (AWAM)
Black Excel Scholarships & Financial Aid
Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology
Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students
Hispanic College Fund
Jackie Robinson Foundation
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarship Program
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Scholarship Program
Onlineschools.org Minority Financial Aid Guide
Ron Brown Scholarship
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
Udall Scholarship for American Indian and Alaskan Native Peoples
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
Women In Aviation, International Available Scholarships- http://www.wai.org/education/scholarship_list_2010.cfm
Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards Scholarship

Miscellaneous Pilot School Scholarships-
Air Traffic Control Association – due 5/1 – http://www.atca.org/ATCA-Scholarship
Buckingham Memorial Scholarship
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web
Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateway
FinAid – The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid
Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC)
Gates Millennium Scholarships
Intel Science Talent Search
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
ScienceNet Scholarship Listing
Siemens Westinghouse Competition

Flight Training Grants-
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation, Fellowships and Grants
Grants for Minorities: Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, etc.
Michigan State University Libraries Grant and Related Resources Guide
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for K-12 Teachers program
Wolf Aviation Fund: Grant Program
Source- FAA.gov-

Other Sources for Pilot Scholarships and Grants for Pilots

Experimental Aircraft Association-


Air Force Aid Society-

Airports Council International-

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association-

Hispanic Scholarship Fund-

National Business Aviation Association-

North East Chapter- American Association of Airport Executives-

Society of Women Engineers-

Plus many other aviation related scholarships…all you have to do is put in the research and time to see what is available and for your specific financial situation.

As you can see, there are many creative ways to fund your pilot training. Whether it for a PPL, CPL, or ATP certificate; if one of your dreams in life is to become a pilot, do not let something as simple as money prevent you from going to flight school or aviation college.

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