Hello! My name is Andrew and I’m new to this forum. Hopefully a soon to be successful ATP student. A little about me; I’m just about to turn 21 and I’ve been working construction since graduating highschool. I’ve always had a large interest in aviation but have not began to set things in motion until recently. So my concern is… I didn’t go to college.
That being said, I don’t necessarily want to. I know I’m young but hear me out. If I’m about to spend/finance $75,000 on flight school along with the “opportunity cost” of quitting my current job making 35k a year, this will already put me in the hole considerably over $100,000 over the next 2 years, just to start making 35k again for several more years. How can major airlines justify expecting and requiring their pilots to have taken on the added cost & time (and cost of that time!) of a 4 degree, especially when it “doesn’t matter what the major is.”
I want nothing more than to make it to the majors, but is a degree absolutely 100% necessary when apparently none of that knowledge is required for the job? I understand this is used to make applicants stand out and i also understand whining about it wont change that.
My questions are simply do all majors REQUIRE a degree, and will the pilot shortage change that by the time I’m even ready to advance? Hopefully if these answers aren’t in my favor I’ll manage to find the time and means somewhere down to road to work on a degree.
Thanks in advance for any insight,