Students Build Career Profile Aerial Applicator Food badges: Production Holland Code: Build Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been, and there you will always long to return. Leonardo Da Vinci Clayton Rempel Clayton Air Service In A Nutshell I fly small planes or helicopters and spray fertilizer and pesticides over fields. I work with customers to mix the chemicals for proper application and study maps to locate the land. I monitor wind speed and weather to determine if the conditions are safe to fly. Swipe Potential Salary Range $65,000 - $113,000 Annually Which provinces would this job be in? AB Alberta BC British Columbia MB Manitoba NB New Brunswick NS Nova Scotia ON Ontario PEI Prince Edward Island QC Quebec SK Saskwatchewan I have the coolest office in the world! Being up in the air has its own perks and challenges; I can't get distracted or tired, but I get to see some amazing views. Workplace Outdoor Job Requirements & Duties Fly safely and responsibly Complete pre-flight checks and follow safety regulations Handle chemicals safely and use knowledge of proper applications Monitor the weather and wind, and plan accordingly Read maps and locate land Coordinate with on-ground technicians to spray fields efficiently Education & Training At least a high school diploma, though many aerial applicators have completed diplomas or degrees Pilots must hold a commercial pilot licence and a valid provincial pesticide licence Most aerial application companies require their pilots to have extensive flying experience or to have worked as on-ground chemical applicators 100all Job Outlook This job will likely remain in demand as farmers continue to adjust their spraying practices to increase yield and decrease soil compaction There are no obvious trends of decline expected for the next 5-10 years Related School Subjects Science Practical Applied Arts What words come to mind when thinking about this career? Pilot Spray Flying Important Skills Computer & Technological Modern planes have a lot of technology and computer systems on them to keep things safe and help the job get done efficiently Decision Making I'm constantly monitoring wind and weather conditions, and making decisions about whether it's safe to fly and spray Planning I might be asked to spray many different fields for a number of customers in one day; I have to plan my time very carefully to make sure I can get the job done Independence I get to talk to customers and technicians on the ground, but I spend most of my days working independently in the sky Swipe The Best Things About This Job Are… Independent Work Seasonality Opportunity to Travel Using Technology Similar Careers Truck Driver Irrigation Technician Helpful Links Aerial Applicator / Ag Pilot Canadian Aerial Applicators Association Lawrence loves her ag pilot career Provincial Airways snapAG- Conventional or Organic Fertilizer snapAG- Fertilizer Use snapAG- Pesticides: What and Why? Career Glossary Soil Compaction Pesticides References Aerial Applicator Pilot Salary. (No Date). Manitoba Aerial Applicators Association. (No Date). Becoming an Aerial Applicator. (2020). Airplane Pilot in Canada. (2020). Disclaimer All career information has been gathered from a variety of sources and compiled to provide a general idea as to what each career could entail. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is committed to doing our best to ensure the information is current and reliable. However, we will not be liable for the accuracy of the information. Please contact us if you notice errors or would like to provide feedback.