One of the best jobs in Canada and beyond

 female pilot walking with luggage on airport tarmac

According to Canadian Business, pilot is one of Canada's best jobs.
Year Ranked Median salary 5-year wage growth Outlook
2019 57 $80,725 11% Positive
2018 14 $78,000 12% Positive
2017 23 $76,960 17% Positive

Canadian Business has consistently ranked the profession of pilot and flying instructor as one of Canada's best jobs. According to Boeing, the global demand for pilots is sky-high with approximately 790,000 new pilots needed by 2037. There's little doubt that the aviation industry is a path to a high-flying career.

The need for pilots is so great that International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a branch at the United Nations (UN) that oversees aviation, has made the recruitment of aviation professionals a global priority.

Where our pilots go

Our pilots work with a variety of organizations, including: 

  • Captain – Latitude Air Ambulance, Learjet 35
  • Captain – Northern Thunderbird Air, King Air 350
  • First Officer – Ornge Global Air
  • First Officer – Sky Regional Airlines, Embraer 175
  • First Officers – Sunwing Airlines, Boeing 737
  • First Officer – Transwest Air, King Air 350
  • First Officers – WestJet Encore, Bombardier Q400
  • Second Officer – Cathay Pacific, Boeing 777
  • Flight Training Instructors – Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC)

Open the door to more aviation industry careers

With a degree from the University of Waterloo, you may also work in number of industries you may not have considered, including:

  • Helicopter pilot (requires additional training)
  • Aerial and LIDAR surveying and remote sensing industry
  • Air transport associations, National Research Council (NRC), Transport Canada, and Transportation Safety Board of Canada
  • Aircraft manufacturing industry
  • Aviation dispatcher
  • Geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and computer cartography industry
  • Professional within air navigation service provider (ANSP)
  • Royal Canadian Air Force (requires additional training and a university degree)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) industry