This occupation has a low probability of automation.

18.0% probability

of automation

3.4% growth

projected to 2026

84,000 employed

currently in the US

$152,770 annual wage

US, median

What they do

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 18.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 204 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 84,000 people have this job. They earn $152,770 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $12,832,680,000 in annual economic value.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 86,900 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).