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confused about what to pursue in college

hi, I am a student currently studying in class 12th with major subjects as math, physics and chemistry. I'm really confused about the career should pursue further. I'm interested in being a commercial pilot but taking aeronautical engineering as an ug course will leave me with minimal options. Since I'm unsure about pursuing that I can't take the risk. Also, I would like to know which country is the cheapest to get a commercial pilot license and how is the life of a pilot like do they have a personal life? and have they been able to settle down in life?

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Matthew’s Answer

Cheapest place is the United States. We are desperate for pilots here. Look into their pipeline programs as well as visa programs for foreign pilots. Going to a college in the US would be the best way to get your foot in the door. You don't have to study aeronautics, pick a degree program you like and get your ratings on the side.
After you achieve your commercial license, you will become a flight instructor to build time. At 1500 hrs you join a airline known as a regional flying jets to smaller cities as you build experience before you head to a major airline.
As for Quality of Life (QOL), that is up to you. Put in a lot of effort at you could be flying jets within 3 years and be at a major airline within 5. Since everything in the US is seniority based, the date you are hired, you will start with flying no one else wants and then get better schedules (every month) as people join below you and leave above you.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Matthew! sakshi prasad
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Andrew’s Answer

It is great that you are taking mathematics, physics, and chemistry classes now. You are building a strong foundation for your future career pursuit in the extended field of science, engineering, and technology. In fact, you may not want to make a hard decision on your future career at this point. As you pointed out wisely, your future career option would be greatly limited with such an early decision.

You may want to consider majoring in mathematics or physics in college. You will be opening many doors with a strong mathematics and physics background. If you decide to be a commercial pilot by then, you will be very well prepared with your analytical background.
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! sakshi prasad
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Steve’s Answer

Hello, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is ranked one of the top aeronautic universities in the world every year. You might want to check out their programs.
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Kyoung Sun’s Answer

If you are interested to be a pilot, I would like to recommends you to contact airline companies in your country and ask them .
while I had work at airline company, I have been asked the question you have and, I recommended them to ask pilots. As far as I know, there are various ways to be trained. Studying at aeronautical college or entering an air force army etc. Hope you find right way for you.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. sakshi prasad
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Kyoung Sun’s Answer

If you are interested to be a pilot, I would like to recommends you to contact airline companies in your country and ask them .
while I had work at airline company, I have been asked the question you have and, I recommended them to ask pilots. As far as I know, there are various ways to be trained. Studying at aeronautical college or entering an air force army etc. Hope you find right way for you.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for taking the time to help. sakshi prasad
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Priya’s Answer

Hi, its good to pursue initial academics from home country. To become commercial pilot, you need to apply to respective govt. approved institutions (DGCA in India) providing commercial flight licenses. After that you will have to complete minimum required flying time from govt. approved flying clubs along with multiple written examinations to finally get your license. Govt. civil aviation sites have the detailed information.
As with respect to personal life and settlements, every job will have there own kind of challenges. Still its one of its own kind of job. Do well in your studies and move on with everything you have got.
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Jason’s Answer

I agree specifically with Matthew; the airlines in The United States are desperate. They may pay you to go to flight school. I would absolutely start there as your college major may mean nothing to them. Most places want you to have a degree for establishing a level of competence. You do not need a degree in aeronautics to get a license. Make some phone calls, good luck! fly safe.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Jason for the advice. sakshi prasad
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