Aircraft Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

Aircraft pilots and air traffic controllers navigate and pilot aircraft, prepare flight plans, authorise flight departures and arrivals, maintain radio, radar and/or visual contact with aircraft to ensure the safe movement of air traffic, check, regulate, adjust and test engines and other equipment prior to take-off and give flying lessons.


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£ 37,138
£ 68,253
£ 135,554

Available jobs

In the past year there were 28,069 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Accompanies pupil on training flights and demonstrates flying techniques.

  • Handles emergencies, unscheduled traffic and other unanticipated incidents.

  • Plans flight route, calculate fuel consumption and optimum flying height and obtains information on weather and other conditions, such as cargo distribution.

  • Gives landing Instructions to pilot and monitors descent.

  • Directs the movement of aircraft and maintains radio and/or radar or visual contact en-route to its destination, in and out of controlled airspace or into holding areas ready for landing.

  • Maintains radio contact and discusses weather conditions with air traffic controllers.

  • Monitors fuel consumption, air pressure, engine performance and other indicators during flight and advises pilot of any factors that affect the navigation or performance of the aircraft.

  • Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to fly airplanes and helicopters, complying with air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures.

  • Directs or undertakes checks on engines, instruments, control panels, cargo distribution, fuel supplies, aircraft's stability, response to controls and overall performance.

  • Studies flight plan and makes any necessary adjustments.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Housekeeping

  • Air Traffic Control

  • Invoicing

  • Employee Engagement

  • Data Entry

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Business Software

  • Order Processing

  • Health And Safety Standards

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Administrative Functions

  • English Language

  • Computer Literacy

  • Detail Oriented

  • Planning

  • Microsoft Office

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.