Commercial Pilots

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Will "Commercial Pilots" be replaced by AI & Robots?

Based on the 2013 study it's unclear if this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 43% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 55% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

Median Annual Wage


or $37.11 hourly

People Employed


as of 2016

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How this compares with other jobs: 319 out of 706

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Job description

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-winged 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.

SOC Code: 53-2012

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Corey Trevor (Small chance) says
Few passengers will be willing to fly on a pilot-less plane. Maybe some operations, like cargo, will be automated.
Dec 16, 2019 at 12:04 AM
Zio (Small chance) says
It is very likely that there will be job loss because of automation in the aviation industry. From the past 50 or so years we have went to having 3 pilots to 2 in the cockpit. However, there will always be a need for one person there to handle special case scenarios and emergencies which can happen at any time and are unpredictable, which goes against everything AI stands for. So I think in the next 20 years or is we will see some job loss as companies will only need 1 person there.
Dec 12, 2019 at 09:33 PM
Youssef (Small chance) says
From the recent 2 crashes that happened because of AI failure and people paranoid about this idea and people are still scared when humans are flying but air transport is the safest way of travel meaning that it would have HUGE impact if AI took over its possible that they could take over flying but not in two decades like by 2040 or 50
Nov 08, 2019 at 09:02 PM
Thomas (Could go either way) says
Because they will need someone to look after the robot in case something goes wrong so they might as well just have a normal pilot
Sep 02, 2019 at 08:30 AM
belal (No chance) says
I believe that even if the robot takes the job humans must oversee the operation
Aug 19, 2019 at 04:29 AM

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