The Ultimate Guide to Aviation Industry Employment
Since the inception of commercial flying, the aviation industry has grown to incredible proportions. With this growth, the industry has changed dramatically in terms of numbers. There are many different careers in the aviation industry and here is a look at how some of the most common careers have been affected over time.
There are currently more than 100,000 airline and commercial pilots in the United States alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median pay for these pilots has jumped up to nearly $100,000 per year, but it’s not expected that the demand for pilots will grow over the next decade. However, there’s not expected to be a drop either.
Airline pilots and flight engineers are among the bottom in terms of unemployment, with only two percent of all qualified pilots without a job. There are also opportunities to become a private pilot or to start a new business.
Aircraft mechanics, on the other hand, are expected to see an 11 percent increase over the next 10 years. The median wage for these mechanics is just over $55,000 with the top 10 percent making over $75,000 per year. These mechanics have an important job as the safety controllers for the plane itself.
A lot of crucial training is involved and aircraft mechanics are among the brightest of all mechanics. There are over 130,000 aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians, with a few thousand more jobs expected to be added. The unemployment rate is right around the national average at about five percent.
Air traffic control is another key aspect of aviation, and these employees are among the highest paid in the industry at a median of over $120,000 per year (or nearly $60 per hour). An associate’s degree is required to become an air traffic controller, and the most important part of the job is making sure that airplanes are far enough away from each other for safety.
Currently, there are 25,000 air traffic controllers in America, and it’s expected to see a slight increase over the next 10 years with 400 total jobs to be added. The hours can be long and unusual, but the high pay will be well deserved. Much like pilots, the unemployment rate is low for air traffic controllers at just under three percent.
The final major part of aviation is the flight attendant. Once considered a job exclusively for women, men have seen a lot of growth as flight attendants. The average salary is under $40,000 per year with over 84,000 flight attendants in the skies.
Of all of the positions in the aviation industry, flight attendants are expected to decline over the next decade, with a seven percent cut projected. There is also a height requirement for flight attendants, with 6’3″ being the usual maximum for some airlines, but it can differ. There is still an unemployment rate of just under five percent for flight attendants in the United States.
The aviation industry offers a lot of exciting opportunities to see the country from the skies. With different jobs opening and expected to be taking in more employees, there is always a chance to get into the industry.
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