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We have complied information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you get a better idea of employment in the Transportation field. Below are highlights of the major professions within this industry.
- Although flight crews-pilots and flight attendants-are the most visible occupations, the vast majority of the industry's employees work in ground occupations.
- Senior pilots for major airlines are among the highest paid workers in the Nation.
- A bachelor's degree is increasingly required or preferred for most pilot and flight attendant jobs.
- Job prospects generally are better in regional and low-cost carriers than in major airlines, where competition for many jobs is keen; a unique benefit-free or reduced-fare transportation for airline employees and their immediate families-attracts many jobseekers.
- Opportunities are expected to be good for qualified applicants since a large number of workers are expected to retire or leave these occupations in the next decade.
- Seventy-four percent of these workers are members of unions, and earnings are relatively high.