Recently I had the great opportunity to shadow some air traffic controllers at Huntsville International Airport’s tower. Of course while I was there they would try and convince me why ATC is the way to go.
However, when I informed them I wanted to be a pilot, they told me that many pilots in their first few years will be overworked and underpaid (~$35,000). They also said many pilots will be forced to stick with regional carriers like US airways and American Eagle.
Of course hearing this made me a little skeptical. I really want to be a pilot and I’m willing to be worked a lot because I understand seniority, but while the ATC controllers said it would pay off after a while, they made it feel like being a pilot is a huge struggle for the first few years because of the financial and time aspects.
Could anyone clear this up?