Pilots, copilots, and flight engineers transport passengers and cargo for regional and major airlines around the world. Skillfully trained jobseekers may also find opportunities as commercial pilots dusting crops, spreading seed for reforestation, testing aircraft, flying passengers and cargo to areas not served by regular airlines, directing firefighting efforts, tracking criminals, monitoring traffic, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons.
Many airlines require their employees to have completed at least some college level courses and many prefer to hire college graduates. An online college degree program in aviation typically includes coursework in subjects including:
Completing classes at a flight school approved by the FAA can reduce the amount of flight experience required for a pilot's license. All pilots are required to gain licensure by the FAA. Prospective students should find out the specific requirements before enrolling in an online degree program.