Agricultural pilots fly small planes at low altitudes in order to apply pesticides, fertilizers or fungicides on fields. It is an efficient way to spread these applications as it reduces the number of times a farmer has to drive over the field, reducing soil compaction.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
You have to have a commercial pilot license through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the required flying hours and medical examinations. Then you have to attend agricultural pilot training.
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Where can I work?
Most aerial applicators are self-employed and work directly with local farmers or through a local ag retailer.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for Aerial Applicators will be very good over the next five years.
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