Hi there. I am a school teacher considering a career change. I’m curious about what to expect if I join this industry. Each industry attracts certain kinds of people: I’ve found that the teaching profession, for example, tends to attract people who have big hearts, but also people who are not professionally ambitious. Car salesmen tend to have certain qualities (stereotypically, at least), as do politicians, graphic designers, stage managers… you get the idea.
So, what are pilots like? I know the short answer is “all kinds of people become pilots”-- there is no “personality test” in flight school. But are there any broad generalizations that can be made about the personal qualities of pilots?