Professional Pilot Program

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Pilot Program

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot program will begin flight training in their first semester. This degree will prepare students for FAA certifications and a career in commercial aviation. The academic courses are paired with lab courses at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport that prepare you to work with the aircraft both on the ground and in the air. You will take the controls to gain flight hours. In addition, you will take other classes to help you learn how to successfully manage an aircraft and its crew. 

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Southeast promises an affordable, quality education for students on a beautiful campus with a rich tradition in student life and a history of developing confident, competitive graduates.

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Not only will you receive real-world instruction and experience from our faculty, you will also be able to learn from our industry partners. Southeast Missouri State University has partnered with US Aviation and the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to enhance your learning and further prepare you for a career in aviation.

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The Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot provides the training and experience to gain a career in aviation in accordance with FAA standards. 

Career Outlook:

  • In 2019, 76% of U.S. commercial airlines either required or preferred hiring a pilot with a 4-year college degree.
  • Overall employment of airline and commercial pilots are projected to grow 5% through 2029, faster than the average for all occupations
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, the annual pay for an airline and commercial pilot was $120k+
  • According to the FAA, 50% of licensed pilots will retire in the next 20 years

Career Opportunities:

  • Commercial Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Freight Airline Pilot
  • Military Pilot
  • Regional Airline Pilot
  • Corporate Aviation
  • Charter Operations

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As an alternative to piloting the plane from the cockpit, consider a career in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Southeast Missouri State University's Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will allow you to be a part of a new and growing field that can prove invaluable to law enforcement, agriculture, videography, surveying, and many other areas.