There are a few ways to become a corporate pilot. The most common is to work as a flight instructor and earn your commercial pilot’s license (CPL). Some private individuals or companies own their own aircraft, so working as a corporate pilot involves flying those individuals, employees, or the owner of the aircraft around the country, or even internationally for various business or personal needs. This type of flight is very similar to charter flights, but it’s usually not available to the general public. Another way to become a corporate pilot is to work as a freight or cargo pilot. Cargo pilots are responsible for transporting goods or equipment across the country, or sometimes internationally as well.

Regardless of which route you take, to become a corporate pilot, you’ll need a lot of flight hours. You’ll need a commercial pilot’s license, a multi-engine rating, and an instrument flight rules rating. Once you’ve got all of this, you can start looking for corporate pilot jobs. Many jobs come through word of mouth or from referrals, but it’s also a good idea to keep your resume updated and check traditional job boards, aviation-specific job boards, and even pilot staffing agencies or recruiters.

It takes equal parts luck and networking to land a corporate pilot job, but it’s possible. Just remember that most airlines require jet time, so if you don’t have that yet, your career might be on hold until you can build it up.