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Salary difference between Diploma and Degree holder
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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 17:48

Pilots Salaries – (Becoming a pilot)

Dear Capt Lim,

I am unsure whether I should take a Degree or just go into piloting with a Diploma. My peers have been telling me that the pay difference between a Diploma and a Degree holder is quite a lot.

Can I have some advice on what I should do?

If the pay difference is by a small margin, then I wouldn't mind getting less because all I want to do in life is be a pilot.


Hi Jefersen,

I am not sure which airlines your friends have been telling you about the big pay differences between a Degree and  Diploma holder.

As far as I know, there is no difference at all. In flying, the qualification to be a captain or first officer is an ICAO ATPL or FAA ATP.

The only advantage of holding a Degree is that it enhances your chances of being hired as a pilot in view of the very stiff completion to get into any airlines today.

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Absolutely no difference. People are wasting their time going to universities getting there degree if their heart is set on being a pilot. At the end of the day its how many hours you have, or if you want to be a cadet, its your aptitude. A degree will take you 3-4 years, then you have to pay for your CPL as well. so your looking at 5-6 years instead of about 18 months if you just go to a flying school
Andy , 13 Aug, 2012
no diffences?
my mom say i have 2 take my degree and dioploma 2 be a pilot but i been researching about piloting and can i like just go to a flying school and be a pilot..there's no diffences in it isn't?bcuz people say its important to get degree and diploma nowadays..
tc panca , 22 Aug, 2012
Well let me just give out some advice to those who want to airline pilots without a degree.You always need to have an alternative in hand.Lets say worst case scenario ,you get involved in a minor aircraft incident or you where a cause to a problem.The airline would fire you,And furthermore your CV would get ruined and finding a job as an airline pilot would be harsh on you.If you have a a business degree for example you can start doing something else.

Dont forget about the emirates pilot who wrongly calculated the wrong take off weights and almost caused a disaster,he lost his job at emirates.
And the british Airways pilot who crash landed in london's heathrow airport ,when it wasnt his fault.He lost his job.There are many incidents out there.So think twice about it (:
CP , 10 Nov, 2012

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