Like many who frequent this forum, flying a jet 30,000 feet above the Earth has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager (currently a 23yr old college grad). I presently work at an unfulfilling media marketing job and am always looking for that next step. I know, deep down, that next step is pursuing a career as a pilot.
However, I have one thing holding me back:
The $70,000+ in student debt that goes along with pursuing this career.
The idea of being $100K in debt (I already have $27,000 in student loans from by bachelor’s degree) is enough to cause serious doubts about whether or not going down this path will be worth it.
Would anyone mind sharing their experience/thoughts regarding the price of becoming a career pilot? Was money painfully tight when you were instructing and flying for Regionals? Did things improve once you started flying for the Majors? Are these fears valid? Or is it actually not that big of a deal?
I plan on flying solo (pun intended) because I never plan on getting married or having children. So, I won’t have those financial responsibilities.
I appreciate any help this community can provide!