Often bush pilots are employed in places like Alaska and the Australian Outback. In these locations, the terrain is so vast and often inhospitable that the most logical choice is to travel by airplane.
Career Opportunities and Job Outlook-Average:
The overall job growth for pilots is expected to be average. However, what the job growth will be for bush pilots in particular is difficult to know. The good news about being a bush pilot is that one does have a pilot’s license, meaning that other flying opportunities may be available as well. It should be noted, however, that airlines frequently use former military pilots to pilot their aircraft. The competition for those jobs can be very intense.
A Day in The Life:
The life of a bush pilot can vary dramatically on where one is flying and why. A bush pilot transporting people from one remote outpost in Alaska will clearly have a different experience than a bush pilot that is ferrying rich people to and from exotic, remote locations in the Caribbean, for example. Not surprisingly, the pay varies considerably as well. While flying is safe, bush pilots often fly into very rough areas which often suffer from having poor runways. Accidents are not uncommon.
Earning for bush pilots, like other pilots in the aviation sector, can vary greatly.
Career Training and Qualifications:
Certification as a pilot is required to be a bush pilot. Certification does, however, open up other aviation opportunities.