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Become A Pilot Instructor

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Working As A Pilot 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
  • $120,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pilot Instructor Do

The key role of a Pilot Instructor is to teach students procedures and techniques about how to fly aircraft. They offer instruction for both on the ground and in the sky, prepare lesson plans, and assess and monitor students’ performance.

How To Become A Pilot 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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Pilot Instructor Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    92.7%
  • Female

    5.5%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.8%
  • Asian

    6.5%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    44.0%
  • Japanese

    8.0%
  • French

    8.0%
  • Russian

    8.0%
  • Swedish

    4.0%
  • Danish

    4.0%
  • Portuguese

    4.0%
  • Vietnamese

    4.0%
  • Hebrew

    4.0%
  • Norwegian

    4.0%
  • Carrier

    4.0%
  • Italian

    4.0%
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Real Pilot Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Oct 01, 2015 $130,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Dec 10, 2013 $130,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Jun 15, 2016 $125,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA May 19, 2010 $120,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Oct 01, 2015 $120,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Mar 15, 2013 $120,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Apr 01, 2011 $120,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Jun 01, 2011 $120,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA Dec 02, 2009 $120,000
Test Pilot Instructor National Test Pilot School Mojave, CA May 18, 2010 $120,000
Instructor Pilot Learjet Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 02, 2015 $112,850
Bilingual Pilot Instructor Flightsafety International, Inc. Wichita, KS Feb 18, 2011 $85,190
Bilingual Pilot Instructor Flightsafety International, Inc. Wichita, KS Oct 02, 2010 $85,077
Instructor Pilot Harris Enterprises/Speed Aviation Pensacola, FL Oct 24, 2008 $71,270

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Top Skills for A Pilot Instructor

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Top Pilot Instructor Skills

  1. Aircraft Commander
  2. Combat
  3. Safety Program
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained and upgraded aircraft commanders to flight instructors.
  • Designed and implemented an automated combat mission analysis program.
  • Enforced and implemented standardization and safety program by ensuring aircrews adhered to unit standard operation procedures.
  • Allocate qualified flight simulator instructors for customer and internal training.
  • Trained and evaluated all pilots, crew members, and other personnel in the designated aircraft.

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