Airline Captains


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Airline Captains

Airline Captains - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Most pilots work for commercial airlines. Some work as flight instructors at local airports. Pilots also work for companies that transport cargo or fly tourists on sightseeing trips.

Major employers:

  • National and regional airlines
  • Airports, flying fields, and airplane services
  • Flight training schools

Outlook

Jobs for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers are expected to grow over the next ten years. Most openings for airline pilots will be a result of pilots retiring. Job prospects for commercial pilots including air ambulance services will remain very good. 

Competition will be strong for pilots of major airlines. Prospects may be better at smaller, regional airlines and nonscheduled aviation services. Pilots with military experience may also have an advantage.

Airplane Pilots (CIS 100234)

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Illinois
8,330
Large
&
12.6%
5.8%
>>>>
917
High
  Champaign Area
8
Very small
&
12.5%
7.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
6
Very small
&
33.3%
5.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Cook County
7,582
Very large
&
12.9%
5.6%
>>>>
839
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
39
Very small
&
12.8%
9.7%
>>>>
4
Very few
  Du Page County
245
Small
&
5.7%
5.4%
>>>>
24
Moderate
  Edwardsville Area
9
Very small
&
-11.1%
5.1%
>>>>
0
None
  Lake County
43
Very small
&
9.3%
8.6%
>>>>
4
Very few
  McHenry County
23
Small
&
8.7%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
9
Very small
&
11.1%
6.8%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Northwest Illinois Area
8
Very small
&
25.0%
3.6%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
83
Small
&
14.5%
7.3%
>>>>
9
Few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
27
Small
&
7.4%
5.7%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Rockford Area
21
Very small
&
4.8%
7.6%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Springfield Area
15
Very small
&
6.7%
4.7%
>>>>
1
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
25
Very small
&
16.0%
6.4%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Will County
50
Small
&
14.0%
9.1%
>>>>
5
Few
United States
127,100
Medium
&
4.9%
3.7%
>>>>
12,700
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.