Answer by Trevor Kincy:
So traditionally speaking you would go to flight school to get your required ratings:
- Private Pilot
- Multi-Engine/Jet Rating (optional)
- Certified Flight Instructor or CFI/Instrument (optional)
- Air Transport Pilot (ATP)
So typically you'll start in a single engine prop, like a Cessna or a Piper. You'll do 1 and 2 in those before getting into 3. Generally this is when you get bumped up to a Multi-Engine prop (if that's in your budget). Once you have your commercial, you can technically fly for profit. But no carrier cargo or otherwise hires pilots with under 1000 hours, 1500 is the general industry minimum.
So you need more hours. Become a CFI or CFII. Build your hours while someone else foots the bill. At 1500 hours (1250 if you go to a Part 141 program) you can get your ATP License. Any major airline is going to require you have your ATP. Type ratings can be accomplished though various companies. No one expects you to have flown a 777 in flight school, lol.
Ballpark costs: 65,000+ and that's if you don't need remedial lessons. Flight hours cost money.
Alternatively if you're a Veteran, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay for Part 141 a Degree programs in full or 60% of regular flight training.
Hope this helps, good luck!