We surveyed 479 commercial pilots to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Commercial pilots are realistic and enterprising

Commercial pilots tend to be predominantly realistic individuals, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project. They also tend to be enterprising, which means that they are usually quite natural leaders who thrive at influencing and persuading others.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a commercial pilot. However, if you are artistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average commercial pilot break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of commercial pilots are conscientiousness and extraversion

Commercial pilots score highly on conscientiousness, which means that they are methodical, reliable, and generally plan out things in advance. They also tend to be high on the measure of extraversion, meaning that they rely on external stimuli to be happy, such as people or exciting surroundings.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average commercial pilot: