Career Enjoyment: pilot
Although there are many kinds of pilot (e.g. to pilot boats) the term is most commonly use to refer to those who fly aircraft. This can include passenger, freight, and military aircraft of various sizes from light aircraft to large transporters. This career tends to have salaries in the range £20-150k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a very high earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- Although people in the job identified some things that they liked about the career, their comments were quite disparate. There were no common themes, therefore.
- There was a similar response in their list of dislikes - i.e. no common themes.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - pilot - was 4.4, making it more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- More Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; solving practical problems; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: thinking about what motivates people; developing other people; challenging the status quo; starting new initiatives.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.