I just figured out I wanted to become a pilot and take it serious . If I was going to attend ga state university not a aviation college what should I major in that will consider my 4 year degree. Or should I just attend ATP and just get my certificates and training.
We always recommend getting your degree first. The flight training can come after. The Majors want 4yr degree and it’s always good to have a backup plan.
Okay what will be a good major to get if it’s not a aviation school just a regular 4 year college.
Whatever Major you think you’d enjoy and excel at.
Okay thank you for the great advice I would like you to be my mentor if possible I think I will just end up getting my degree in computer science
Im actually in a similar position. Starting my last semester today at San Diego state with a degree in finance. After four years of it I can safely say it’s not what I want to do as a career. It has been a great learning experience and im sure it will help me smartly invest my money. However I can’t work in the field, it’s simply not for me. Adam I have followed you a lot on this forum and would love to ask you some questions, more specifically about Hawaiian airlines as a career. This is my first post so forgive my ignorance but is there a way to direct message you? Thank you!
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We always recommend attending college first, then doing your flight training. ATP will not accept students without two years of work or college experience anyways. Pick a college major that interests you and that you will do well in. I would avoid any aviation related majors and instead have something that you can fall back on if you ever need to.
To Anyone Who May Be Able To Help,
I don’t have any college degree, but did attend for a few semesters so I do have some credits. I was hoping to find a job as a pilot without any degree. Is that possible? ATP said they may still accept me without it based on my work history (which I think is solid, we will see, they are reviewing my resume now) but is not having a degree going to hinder me from landing with a good company after I obtain my licenses? I’d rather not go to college if I can still succeed without it, I just dislike having to attend and learn about things completely unrelated to what I want to do in life and prefer more career training based institutions over college.
The link above contains all of the basic information you’re looking for, including the degree question.
In short, it depends on your goals. If you want to fly for a major airline, not having a degree alone may prevent you from flying for one entirely.
What Tory said and the better corporate jobs want degrees as well.
Don’t forget to take an intro flight and obtain a first class medical. The intro flight is a good way to get a feel for the training environment. The medical is required. Although the first class medical isn’t necessarily required for training, it is at the airline level. That’s why ATP requires that you get the first class before training starts. Better to know that you can get one before you spend all that money on training.