This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

55.0% probability

of automation

3.8% growth

projected to 2026

40,800 employed

currently in the US

$86,260 annual wage

US, median

What they do

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, National, and international airline pilots.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 55.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 314 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 40,800 people have this job. They earn $86,260 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,519,408,000 in annual economic value.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 42,300 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).