When most think of becoming a pilot, they envision working as a commercial or airline transport pilot. But the truth is, there are plenty of career opportunities beyond these more traditional roles. Whether you’re seeking a thrilling adventure or a specialized career, there are plenty of options to consider.
Below are some unique career paths you can choose after earning your pilot license at the UND Aerospace Foundation:
Embark on an exhilarating journey as an aerial survey pilot. As an expert in this field, you’ll utilize your flying skills to capture valuable data and images from above. From mapping and land surveying to environmental research and wildlife conservation, aerial survey pilots play a crucial role in various industries.
For those who crave excitement and want to make a difference, consider joining an aerial application company. As a firefighter or chemical spray applicator, you’ll combat wildfires and protect our environment by efficiently applying fire retardants or pesticides from the air. It’s a challenging and rewarding career that demands precision and quick thinking.
Crop Dusting (Agriculture)
Step into the world of agriculture and aviation by becoming a crop dusting pilot. With your pilot’s license, you can assist farmers in optimizing their crop yields by safely and effectively applying fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides from above. This vital role ensures the health and productivity of crops, contributing to global food security.
If you have a passion for wildlife and conservation, consider a career as a bird-chasing pilot. Working closely with game and fish departments, wildlife containment agencies, or national resource departments, you’ll help monitor and manage bird populations, conduct surveys, and collect essential data for conservation efforts. It’s a unique opportunity to combine your love for flying with protecting our natural resources.
Take to the skies as a banner towing pilot and showcase advertisements, messages, and banners to captivated audiences below. This dynamic role requires exceptional flying skills and precise maneuvers to ensure the banner is visible and impactful. From promoting events to advertising businesses, you’ll be an integral part of captivating aerial marketing campaigns.
Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for a thrilling career? Consider becoming a pilot who drops skydivers. As a vital part of the skydiving industry, you’ll safely transport skydivers to their desired altitude and provide them with an unforgettable experience as they descend through the clouds. It’s a career that combines the thrill of flying with the joy of sharing the sky with adventure seekers.
Air Ambulance Pilot
Become a lifesaver in the skies as an air ambulance pilot. In this critical role, you’ll transport patients in need of urgent medical care to hospitals or specialized facilities. Your flying skills will be essential in navigating challenging conditions and ensuring the safe and swift transportation of patients.
Step into the world of corporate aviation and become a corporate pilot. As a trusted pilot for executives and business professionals, you’ll fly private aircraft, managing schedules and ensuring a smooth and comfortable travel experience. This career path offers opportunities to work with high-profile clientele and travel to diverse destinations.
Search And Rescue Pilot
Join the ranks of heroes as a search and rescue pilot. Working closely with emergency response teams, you’ll use your flying skills and specialized training to locate and rescue individuals in distress. From mountainous terrains to open water, every mission presents unique challenges that require quick thinking and precise flying.
These alternative career paths offer exciting opportunities for pilots who don’t want to pursue traditional roles or who wish to accumulate flight hours while exploring unique avenues. By venturing into these fields, you can broaden your experience, enhance your skills, and lay the foundation for more advanced career opportunities in the future.
At the UND Aerospace Foundation, our rigorous flight training programs will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful pilot. From ground school to flight instruction, our certified flight instructors (CFIs) will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to excel as a professional pilot.
Plus, with our modern aircraft fleet and the strategic location of our pilot school in sunny Arizona, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best flying conditions in the country and finish your pilot training on time.
Contact the UND Aerospace Foundation Flight Training Center today to learn more about our world-class pilot training programs and how we can help you achieve your dream of becoming a professional pilot!