Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers


Will "Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 37% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

No worries

or 18% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $61.45 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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Least likely

How this compares with other jobs: 204 out of 706

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Job description

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 Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

SOC Code: 53-2011

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Joodi Al Farsi (Could go either way) says
Can people trust a computer to take them 1000 feet above the ground? Technology has already advanced so much, so who knows?
May 26, 2019 at 07:43 AM
Vince (No chance) says
Think about it. We've had the technology to automate trains and we haven't done so. Why in the world would you expect airliners full of passengers to be automated any time soon?
May 15, 2019 at 07:01 AM
Fábio Ramos (Small chance) says
No chance
May 14, 2019 at 12:03 PM

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