Professional Pilot Careers and Skills

Prepare your career for takeoff with a professional pilot degree

The aviation industry is facing a pilot shortage that has been worsened by the global health crisis. You can help meet a critical need for pilots with a professional pilot bachelor’s degree. Explore flight theory and training, aviation regulations and law, aviation safety, leadership, operations and more for a dynamic career as a pilot. Whether you’re safely transporting people or cargo, your profession is crucial to the global economy.

What you’ll learn

The Lynn University professional pilot bachelor’s degree program goes beyond regular online flight schools. You gain a well-rounded university education that readies you to become a pilot and also pursue roles in management, artificial intelligence, aviation operations and more. In this four-year program, you will:

  • Gain the practical skills to meet all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for solo flight in a single-engine, land class airplane (Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141)
  • Get ready to complete all FAA written, oral and flight training requirements for the Private Pilot License for single-engine, land class aircraft (FAR Part 141)
  • Develop management and leadership skills to help you succeed in the aviation industry
  • Learn various tools and techniques to foster productive and cost-effective operations
  • Complete basic and advanced instrument flight theory and training in compliance with FAR Part 141
  • Prepare for the FAA oral and written tests for the commercial pilot certificate
  • Gain the knowledge and skills you need for the FAA flight instructor examination

Career outlook for airline and commercial pilots

  • Employment of airline and commercial pilots is expected to grow 13% through 2030, faster than average for all occupations. An estimated 14,500 job openings are expected each year, as pilots advance to other positions or retire.
  • Your skills will be in high demand as the airline industry faces a pilot shortage. Boeing predicts over 600,000 new pilots will be needed to fly the global commercial fleet through 2040.

See notes and conditions for important information.

Professional pilot career opportunities

In this online professional pilot degree program, you gain the pilot training and practical knowledge to elevate your career in several fields and roles, including:

  • Airline management
  • Fixed base operator management
  • Air interdiction
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Commercial airline pilot
  • Cargo pilot
  • Corporate jet pilot
  • Charter pilot
  • Flight instructor
  • Military pilot
  • Agriculture pilot

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Notes and conditions - PLEASE READ

Airline and commercial pilot job growth: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Airline and Commercial Pilots

Certification exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Lynn University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Employment and career advancement: Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment. Lynn University does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement.

Pilot job growth: Source: