To be a professional pilot and pilot the big planes do you need a college degree to become a professional pilot ?


That depends. To be a professional pilot you do not need a degree and you can even fly the biggest planes. However if you aspire to fly for a Major airline and earn the top salaries you will need a degree.


Thank you , last question is there a major you recommend taking ?

Any major that interests you and can provide career options in case of airline furloughs.


Increasingly, there are ways to get to the majors without a college degree. The two programs that come to mind are the American Airlines flow through programs and United’s Aviate program. Those programs allow pilots to flow from one of their qualified regional partners without the pilot having a degree. The problem therein is that this is very limiting to the pilot and does not allow them the opportunity to apply to other majors that still have degree requirements.