Earning an income as a pilot requires additional training, but students are on the fast-track to becoming commercial pilots. An Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate is required to be eligible for employment with an airline.
The 2014 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook projects that 533,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2012, the median annual wage for airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers was $114,200. The median annual wage for commercial pilots was $73,280.