Two Commercial pilots get ready for take off

Air Transport Professional

Fly and navigate aircraft; control and direct air traffic both in the air and on the ground.


Air transport professionals ensure the safe movement and efficient operation of aircraft during flying, landing, taking off and while they taxi on the runway. They also instruct students in flying aircraft.

Work is at airports, in control towers at airports or at radar facilities.

Suitable for those who are skilful at operating and controlling complex systems, who have good decision making and critical thinking skills. Knowledge of geography, electronics, mathematics and psychology are useful.


  • prepare and submit flight plans in accordance with weather conditions and aircraft performance
  • fly aircraft governed by air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures
  • provide flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff
  • provide pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services
  • complete cockpit preparations and external inspections to ensure aircraft safety in flight
  • monitor aircraft performance and report on mechanical condition
  • accompany students on training flights and demonstrate techniques for controlling aircraft.


  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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$2,558 / week
Apprenticeships may be available

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