Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Become an airline pilot. It may seem a bit daunting, especially for a teenager just out of high school.
However, the path to the airlines can provide a viable option to young people in search of a career field. That's especially true for those who stop everything at the sound of a passing airplane, straining to catch a glimpse of any and every aerial vehicle coming and going.
Granted, there is considerable amount of training involved as certificates and ratings are earned along the way. You just have to look at it this way: Each step towards earning a commercial pilot certificate is a step towards earning a living in the sky.
That first step can be lucrative with average starting pay rates (see chart) at the regional airlines in the $40-$50/hour range.
That doesn't mean you're making that kind of money working an 8-hour day, but it is just a starting point and potential earnings can top $100k within a few years!