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Do you have to be smart like a doctor or a genius, to be a pilot?
Pilot Career - Education
Wednesday, 02 January 2008 20:08

Hi Capt Lim,

I have a few questions for you. I want to know, what level of education is required to be an airline pilot. I am 16 years old in the 10th grade. I really want to work for China Airlines or Singapore Airlines one day because, as a pilot, one gets to travel a lot.

I don't know what kind of education is required for this job. Do you have to be smart like those people who want to become a doctor or a genius to be a pilot? Can you please let me know.

Thanks a lot!,


Hi Victor,

Your question has been asked before. Please browse through the FAQ here and in other Pilot Career FAQ.

If you look at the academic requirement of most airlines pilots advertisements, they are nothing similar to those that are sought for in a medical course. You must be reasonably good in a Maths or a Science subject (usually Physics) at Advanced Level or its equivalent, but it would be an advantage if you have a Degree at the College or University. You don't have to be a genius but you must have common sense and be able to pass the pilot selection process. For more details, please check out the specific details at their web sites.


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hi i am 16 and what to become a pilot.
what gcse grades do i need?
tom , 28 Apr, 2010
do a pilot need physics to be a pilot
collin , 11 Jul, 2010
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my dream is to become a pilot
hi my name is jhon and i am 11 years old is it hard to become a pilot because ive talked to this pilot once and he said if you want to be a pilot from your heart you can be one. can you please tell me what you need to be a pilot because im living to become a pilot sometimes i cry what if i cant become a pilot so could you pleaseeeeeeee tell me
jhon , 15 Jun, 2011
The unlived dream is the unfulfilled life.
Hey guys and hopefully some ladies as well. I always had the dream of becoming a Captain on a legacy carrier(ex. American Airlines, United, Singapore Airlines)etc. However being a third year med student (Doctor school) I must have to admit I often times still desire a career in aviation. I look back saying I could have been done with school by now, And I'd be doing something that I love. My father is a commercial pilot for JetBlue and I've grown up around Civil aviation my whole life. I am working on my private pilots license (VERY slowly) well my point here,Don't let anyone tell you that you're incapable or not intelligent enough,also from this point on forward never second-guess yourself. I have failed classes in Middle and High school.When I matured I cracked down. My advice to everyone out there is shoot for your dreams If I can become a Neurosurgeon you can become a Pilot. Just have yourself a nice backup plan.Try to find something else that interests you as well. In the meantime stay focused and remember two things you are the future, and not all doctors are genius!

DoctorishJay , 10 Aug, 2011

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