Hello, my husband wants to be become pilot and go through ATP school. He does not have bachelors degree. He works as luxury car sales man and makes over 100k a year. And now has a sales manager certificate for future when they want to promote him. Would airline consider that a professorial job and hire him for his work experience?
The regionals do not require a degree, none of the majors officially require a degree, but the actuality is that it is almost always needed. Being a car salesman is not a substitute for having a college degree. The airlines simply ask if an applicant has a degree, you can either check the box or not.
That professional experience will qualify for ATP’s enrollment prerequisites. However, when it comes to airline applications it’s simply a yes or a no, does he have a degree or not. The work experience will be a resume builder and a potential topic of conversation in an interview but that’s about it.
Airlines want well trained, skilled experienced pilots. I’m curious why/how you believe his car sales experience would be a consideration for an airline?
Put another way, you and your family are about to go on a trip and fly across the Atlantic Ocean, if the pilot read his resume and it included Luxury Car Dealer Sales Manager, would you find that comforting?