Helicopter Pilot

Helicopter Pilot
Helicopter Pilot
Helicopter pilot jobs include flight training, fire fighting, law enforcement, offshore oil platforms, agriculture, pipeline and utility support, sightseeing, executive transport, air ambulance, search and rescue, test piloting, and more.

About the Career

Helicopter flights are usually of short duration and helicopter pilots usually work for an operator whose services are chartered. Helicopter pilots are often required to do precision flying hovering over a particular spot or landing on small cleared areas.

On the job you will:

  • Transport accident victims to hospitals
  • Rescue people stranded by floods
  • Carry smoke jumpers and water to fight wild fires
  • Lift heavy loads to building tops during building construction
  • Carry workers and supplies to offshore oil rigs


Average Salary: $87,948
Salary Range: $55,222 - $107,105
Education: Certificate
Outlook: Great (11% - 20% growth)
Total Jobs (2020)1,840

Education and Training

Most employers of helicopter pilots require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Note: Helicopter and General Aviation Pilot career and jobs data are reported as the same from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Operation and Control
Operation Monitoring
Critical Thinking
Active Listening