Preferred pilot qualifications and abilities that most hiring companies are looking for:
Pilot education. To become a commercial pilot you need a high school (or equivalent) diploma, but if you plan to evolve your career as an airline pilot, then you should gain a bachelor's degree.
Proficiency in English. Pilots must have English level 4 or above according to ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). This requirement helps to avoid communication errors between aviation professionals – flight crew members and air traffic controllers.
Medical certification. A valid Class 1 Medical Certificate is crucial. Every pilot must be in good physical and mental health, have great coordination, hearing, vision (as well as be able to distinguish colors).
Valid Commercial Pilot License or Airline Transport Pilot License. Necessary minimum certification depends on job position you apply for. To earn a CPL you must register at least 250 flight hours while to achieve ATPL you will have to log 1500 or more hours of flight time.
No history of aviation incidents, accidents or violations.
No criminal background. In addition to this, pilots must be able to pass drug/alcohol screening and submit to random drug test when required.
Pilot skills. Valuable pilot qualities include: quick reaction, safety-oriented mindset, self-confidence, ability to work in a team, flexibility, multitasking, observational, planning, problem-solving and strong technical skills.
Valid passport and be able to travel internationally without restrictions.
Documented minimum aircraft flight time requirements vary greatly depending on particular company and offered job position. For example, many airlines specify that candidate who wish to occupy captain’s position needs at least 3500 total flight hours.
Type rating requirements depend on particular airline.