Aerial Applicator

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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
Aerial Applicator

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

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Potential Salary Range

$65,000 - $113,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan 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
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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

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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

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Independent Work
Seasonality
Opportunity to Travel
Using Technology