A few companies have started putting a helicopter ATP prerequisite into their employment requirements and some have offered to pay for their existing pilots to obtain one. However, the vast majority of helicopter pilot jobs do not require an ATP by regulation. This is true for the higher paying jobs flying larger helicopters as well.
The same is not true on the fixed wing side. Advancing to the airlines requires an ATP. Likewise, the aeronautical experience for an ATP varies between airplanes and helicopters. For example, a fixed wing ATP requires a total flight time of 1500 hours, while a rotor wing one requires 1200 hours.
So what are the advantages of an ATP for helicopter pilots? I think it projects a higher level of professionalism and a demonstrated ability to fly to higher standards. Moreover, employers might like the fact that the person holding the ATP has verifiable flight time of at least 1200 hours since the FAA endorsed their application for the ATP flight examination. If you are fortunate enough to work for an employer who will pay for your ATP, then that’s an opportunity worth seizing.
Acquiring an ATP on your own is valuable in today’s job market as an ATP can give a potential new hire an edge over someone who doesn’t hold one. Some companies have a higher pay scale or pay a bonus for prospective pilots with an ATP. The same can be said for a college degree, it’s not required, but having one can sure help. If flying helicopters is your chosen career path then holding yourself to the highest standards, certification and professionalism will only enhance your career.