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Working As A Flight Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Flight Instructor Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become A Flight Instructor

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Flight Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

83.0%

Female

8.7%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

65.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.8%

French

11.6%

Japanese

8.7%

German

5.8%

Russian

5.8%

Italian

5.8%

Carrier

4.3%

Korean

4.3%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Swedish

1.4%

Hungarian

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Romanian

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Cherokee

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.4%
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Flight Instructor Education

Schools

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

22.9%

University of North Dakota

7.6%

Utah Valley University

7.3%

Community College of the Air Force

7.1%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

5.0%

Western Michigan University

4.8%

University of Phoenix

4.4%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

3.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

The Academy

3.8%

Purdue University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

3.1%

Naval Postgraduate School

3.1%

Kansas State University

2.9%

Texas A&M University

2.9%

Indiana State University

2.9%

Ohio University -

2.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.5%

Kent State University

2.5%
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Majors

Aviation

43.2%

Business

16.5%

Aerospace Engineering

10.4%

Management

3.6%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Psychology

2.0%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Education

1.8%

General Studies

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

History

1.2%

Biology

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Law

1.1%

Information Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.8%

Other

18.1%

Masters

17.5%

Associate

10.5%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.8%

License

0.7%

Diploma

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$144,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Grand Forks, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Flight Instructor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Flight Instructor in the United States is $70,239 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

Real Flight Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Flight Instructor Aviasco Inc. Redding, CA Jun 24, 2016 $137,400
Flight Test Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Nov 01, 2015 $130,000
Fixed Wing Flight Test Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Jan 01, 2014 $120,000
Flight Instructor Jc Air Academy Inc. Stockton, CA Dec 15, 2014 $74,922
Flight Instructor Blue Sky Flight, LLC Stratford, CT Nov 27, 2013 $73,045 -
$83,480
Flight Instructor Flightline Air Service LLC Pineville, LA Mar 01, 2015 $73,045
Flight Instructor Flightline Air Service LLC Pineville, LA Jun 01, 2015 $73,045
Flight Instructor Blue Sky Flight, LLC Stratford, CT Sep 20, 2013 $73,045
JAA Chief Flight Instructor Bristow Group Inc. Titusville, FL Oct 02, 2012 $72,450
Flight Instructor Flight Training Express Edgewater, FL Apr 15, 2011 $70,248
Deputy Chief Flight Instructor & Aviation Safety O Pilot Training College Florida LLC Melbourne, FL Sep 15, 2012 $70,000 -
$80,000
Flight Instructor Alpha Tango Aviation Services Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 13, 2013 $66,440
Flight Instructor Coordinator The Aerobatic Experience, Inc. Vero Beach, FL Oct 22, 2016 $60,000
Senior Flight Instructor Helicopterr Adventures, Inc. Titusville, FL Dec 31, 2007 $58,344
Senior Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation LLC Melbourne, FL May 11, 2011 $58,186
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA Sep 23, 2012 $58,029
Senior Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Sep 22, 2016 $56,349
Instructor/Chief Flight Instructor Letourneau University Longview, TX Jul 26, 2011 $55,890
Flight Instructor Helistream, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Feb 14, 2008 $55,702
Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Sep 23, 2013 $47,840
Flight Instructor F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Apr 16, 2016 $46,519
Flight Instructor Airplane The University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND Dec 15, 2012 $43,827
Flight Instructor Training Specialist/Int'l Liaison Officer Liberty University Lynchburg, VA May 15, 2015 $43,098
Flight Instructor Dean International Inc. Miami, FL Oct 22, 2010 $43,014
Flight Instructor Helicopteracademy.com LLC Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 01, 2012 $41,740
Flight Instructor San Diego Flight Training International San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Flight Instructor

  1. Training Flights
  2. Safety Program
  3. Emergency Situations
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  • Conducted Instructor training flights and Instructor/Student qualification check flights as a designated Standardization Instructor.
  • Managed aircraft fleet maintenance and safety programs to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
  • Trained to react to time-sensitive emergency situations.
  • Constructed curriculum utilizing Computer Base Training and Instructor lead academics for advanced level flight instruction.
  • Developed and implemented detailed student training programs required to safely complete Federal Aviation Administration certificate requirements.

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Top 10 Best States for Flight Instructors

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  4. District of Columbia
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  6. North Dakota
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