Agricultural Pilot

Disperse herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer from the sky.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$35,000 – $120,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Agricultural Pilots do?

Working as a Pilot is thrilling enough. But being a hero in the eyes of Farmers is like icing on the cake.

An Agricultural Pilot flies specially built airplanes and helicopters, and releases loads of herbicides, pesticides, seeds, and fertilizers over crops. As an Agricultural Pilot, your job is important—it saves Farmers from having to hand-spread these items over hundreds or thousands of acres of land. And you don’t just treat flat, open, easy-to-reach fields of corn, but swamps, orchards, and forests as well. You may also use the same equipment to dump fire retardant when there’s a fire in the area.

Of course, to be an Agricultural Pilot, you need skill, knowledge, and passion. Flying a plane is not quite as easy as driving a car. First of all, you can’t just pull over if there’s a problem. Also, you have a few more technicalities to contend with. This is a job that requires a high degree of focus. You monitor the actions of the plane, are vigilant of wind currents, and keep an eye on the warning gauges.

In order to get the cargo to the ground, you fly at low elevations. That means you have to constantly keep a close watch on your surroundings. You monitor your elevation, watch out for trees, and keep the surrounding hills on your radar.

Outside the cockpit, you review flight plans, oversee the loading and securing of your cargo, and ensure your plane’s maintenance is performed on schedule.

Should I be an Agricultural Pilot?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Aerial Crop Duster, Aerial Sprayer, Agricultural-Aircraft Pilot, Agricultural Aviation Pilot See More

    How to become an Agricultural Pilot

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