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Boeing Predicts Increased Demand for Airline Technicians

Aerospace giant Boeing released a long-term market outlook report and it contains good news for those interested in a career in avionics. The report predicts that as global economies grow and tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners are produced, the demand for pilots and educated technicians will also grow exponentially. The company anticipates more than 400,000 pilots and 600,000 airline maintenance technicians will be needed by 2031.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, job prospects will be best for technicians who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate and keep up with technical advances in aircraft electronics and composite materials. The BLS states many older aircraft mechanics are expected to retire between 2010 and 2020, allowing management and entry-level positions to open up for younger mechanics.

Boeing predicts that as next-generation airplanes begin to dominate fleets in the coming years, reliability will improve and maintenance check intervals will lengthen. This trend is likely to moderate the growth of technician positions, but overall hundreds of thousands of new jobs will be created as the global fleet rapidly expands.

China is predicted to lead the spike in technician job growth, with approximately 250,000 new technician personnel needed. North America is predicted to see the third largest growth in demand with 92,500 new technicians required. Airlines in Europe will require 129,700, the Middle East 53,700, Latin America 47,300, the Commonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet Republics) 18,100 and Africa 16,200, according to the report.

In the United States all aircraft mechanics must have specialized schooling and receive certification through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to secure a job in the field. There are separate tests for airframe mechanics and engine mechanics as well as the combined A&P certificate. According to the BLS, the majority of aircraft mechanics and technicians work in the scheduled air transportation industries such as shipping and passenger transportation, with a smaller number working for aerospace companies or the federal government.

Read the entire report from Boeing here.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians (visited May 10, 2013).

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