Hi, Josh. Helicopter pilot types are generally defined by their specific profession. They can be divided into three broad groups, with various jobs being under each umbrella. The first are service sector helicopter pilots. These pilots generally fly helicopters as part of tours or other tourism-related activities. Not only do they have to fly the helicopter, they may also have to act as a tour guide. Commercial pilots are different because they are simply responsible for flying people or goods. Military pilots are combat-related, and other pilots working for various government sectors are responsible for aiding the police, putting out fires, and other jobs.
Most helicopter pilots get their training and flight hrs in the military. Some uses for helicopters are: search and rescue, firefighting, construction, logging, transportation, and aerial reconnaissance.