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It’s a great time to be a professional airline pilot

Did you know that everyday U.S. airlines transport about 2 million passengers and nearly 50,000 tons of cargo, making the airline industry a major contributor to the United States economy?

Yes, YOU can be an airline pilot

It’s true—anybody with the desire to fly and passion for aviation can become an airline pilot! Pilots around the globe represent the diverse populations they serve, and every person interested in becoming a pilot will be welcomed into our ranks. A good airline pilot has a professional attitude, career-long commitment to training, unwavering focus on flight safety and security, and extensive flying experience that builds confidence and proficiency to handle even the most unexpected developments. 

We are passionate about flying and encourage everyone to consider this career. All individuals who complete the qualifications and requirements have the potential to be an airline pilot, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. We are committed to changing the piloting profession paradigm. 

The airline pilot profession champions dignity and respect

Professional airline pilots travel wide and far. We recognize and welcome individuals’ authentic identities and understand that we can all make a positive impact on the aviation industry. ALPA leaders are working with pilots and industry organizations to foster a safe and inclusive professional atmosphere, ensuring those of all backgrounds can thrive as aviation professionals. 

Want to learn more about how our profession is accessible to everyone? Send us a message.

The job outlook for professional airline pilots remains positive

Boeing's 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts that the world's aviation industry will require 637,000 new commercial airline pilots between now and 2036.

The solution to encouraging more individuals to become airline pilots lies in industry, government, and labor engaging to create economically strong airlines that can provide stable career growth.

Learn the paths to become a pilot