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What is the point of a college degree for airline job?

Should i even bother getting a college degree if im going to pursue a job as a airline pilot? I can't see myself doing anything else, so i have no idea what to major in. Why do airlines care if you have a college education or not? Lets say I went to a job interview with Delta, and had 2000 Hours TT, with a 4 yr degree. Another guy has 5000 hours TT with no degree. Will that guarantee me the job 100% because of that college degree?

Asked By: Been there Done that - 9/6/2008
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NO, a college degree isn't a mandatory requirement for most airlines, but NOT having a Bachelor's Degree will reduce your chances of getting hired by a major air carrier by about 75%. If you only have an Associate degree, that will reduce your chances by about 50%. The only way to overcome that bias is to have about 10... More
Answered By: Ben Dere Dun Dat - 9/6/2008
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Because it's a requirement... More
Answered By: Warbird Pilot - 9/6/2008
 
A college degree will give you a wide range of knowledge including the math and sciences you need. It will also show your employer that you have the intelligence and fortitude to finish such a long term project. A college education will also give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Answered By: ztim - 9/6/2008
 
Now there you go, thinking again... More
Answered By: John D - 9/6/2008
 
Because your chances of getting an Airline job without a degree is nill. The airlines are going to choose the best and in this market, where there are qualified pilots unemployed, you need everything you can on your side. Knowing the CEO of the airline can be good... More
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Answered By: walt554 - 9/6/2008
 
Yes, you need a college degree. The only way you can get away without having one is if you have close friends or relatives who are high up with a major airline that can get you hired. I have met major airline pilots who got hired with no turbine time and no college whatsoever...their parents worked there... More
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Answered By: Rob G - 9/6/2008
 
You say 'been there done that'. Been where done what? I think you need the degree so spend some time doing something on a schedule to events. You seem to be in La La land with visions of grandeur. Success doesn't come from dreams with out work. You are guaranteed nothing. Sorry if i rained on your parade.
Answered By: Caretaker - 9/6/2008
 
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Answered By: CLAYTON M - 9/6/2008
 
The point is that the college degree gives the airline a good idea that you are willing to work hard and that you are an educated person who is more likely to be able to follow instructions. That is, college gives you the discipline to be considered reliable enough to be trusted with a machine worth $20 to $200 million... More
Answered By: chuckles951 - 9/6/2008
 
The main value of a college degree is that it gives you a Plan B if the airline job doesn't work out. So you'll want a degree in something that can help you make money and isn't too boring for you. It's true that a degree won't make much difference in terms of learning to fly—it's mainly something to put on your... More
Answered By: Mxsmanic - 9/7/2008
 
Is it necessary to be a good pilot? No, Chuck Yeager didn't have one. But the fact is a college degree indicates that the individual that has one is probably more intelligent and probably easier to train than someone without one. Since the airlines have so many applicants with degrees they are not interested in... More
Answered By: Howard L - 9/7/2008
 
Since you mentioned Delta, here are their pilot requirements: http://www.deltajobs.net/pilot_qualifications.htm... More
Answered By: Coffeebuzz - 9/7/2008
 
Because of their experiences with non-degreed pilots, airlines want pilots with college degrees. Even with a college degree, 2000 hours of turbine time won't get you on with Delta.
Answered By: Mark - 9/7/2008
 
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