Commercial pilots are in big demand in the workplace, and the typical salary is around $125,000 a year. You can learn to be a pilot without going to college, by joining the Air Force. Most commercial pilots learned that way, and got trained on the job for free. If you decide to go to a private flight school instead, that’s also an option. The tuition may be high but pilots earn so much that they usually have no problem repaying student loans. Keep in mind that you can pilot commercial airplanes and jets or helicopters. Helicopter pilots also earn a lot of money and there are many career opportunities available to them. Saving for retirement in this high-income career is not difficult, and many pilots retire quite early with a large nest egg.