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Canada’s Best Jobs: Pilot or Flying Instructor

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Pilot and flying instructor

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Median Salary: $76,960
Salary Growth (2010–2016): +17%
Total Employees: 15,500
Change in Employees (2010–2016): +14%

Job Description:

Pilots may be involved in air transport, or crop spraying, or aerial surveying, while flight engineers do pre-flight inspections and maintain systems and equipment. Flying instructors do what you’d expect: train new pilots or prepare them for license examinations.

Job Qualifications:

Pilots, flights instructors engineers must complete secondary school and be certified by a flying or aviation school. Different aircraft require different licenses for pilots, and flight engineers will need the Flight Engineer License from Transport Canada.


The median salary for pilots, flying instructors and flight engineers is almost $77,000, with a 17% increase seen over the past five years.

Career Opportunity:

Few of the people who apply to flying schools actually get in—Quebec schools, for instance, only train around 150 to 200 pilots a year, according to Service Canada. The bar for training programs is high, making many candidates wash out of the program. Perhaps because of this, the government predicts labour shortages in the coming years. If you can make it to graduation day—no easy task—your job prospects are good.

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