Global Airline and Aircraft Jobs: Boom to 2035
What Is Causing the Boom?
Aircraft-related jobs, especially involving passenger transport, are increasing because the size of planes is decreasing. This decrease, in turn, requires an increase in the number of planes flying to keep up with customer demand.
The wide-body aircraft that provided three columns of seats down the length of the airliner are falling out of favor and out of use. Narrow-body planes with only two columns of seats are becoming more favored.
Having fewer seats when customer demand is stable or increasing causes the need for increasing numbers of aircraft and airplane parts.
To staff all of these additional aircraft, larger numbers of pilots, cabin crew, technicians, and dozens of other positions are needed as well. Thus, new jobs in these positions increase quickly.
Boeing: World Leader in Airplane Manufacturing
Cities Offering the Largest Numbers of Airline and Aviation Jobs
- New York City/Manhattan: Major transportation hub for America and for entering the USA from Europe and Russia.
- Chicago, Illinois: A huge transportation, business, and vacation center.
- Los Angeles, California: One of the biggest vacation spots in the world, in addition to a movie-making center.
- Washington, DC: The nation's capital is neck deep in aviation and aerospace pursuits.
- Atlanta, Georgia: For decades, this city has enjoyed tourism for recreation and historical pursuits. Its businesses are growing as vacationers increase.
- Huntsville, Alabama: Long-time center for aerospace activities and Space Camp,which is growing in popularity.
- Dallas - Fort Worth Metro Area
- Houston, Texas: One of the historic centers of the US Space Program, this city is experiencing an influx of aerospace-industry businesses. Areas south of this location have been purchased by corporations like SpaceX for building at least one private spaceport.
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington: Large numbers of passengers fly between Seattle and the Asian nations of South Korea and Japan.
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Denver, Colorado
Airline and Aviation Jobs Advertised
How Many Jobs Are There?
During the first week of August 2016, about 12,000 airline-related jobs were advertised in the US. Along with these, nearly 4,000 positions were available in aircraft manufacturing.
According to USA Today (August 1, 2016), The Boeing Company predicts that between 2016 to 2035, the world will need another 617,000 aircraft pilots, 679,000 aircraft technicians, and 814,000 airline attendants. These massive predictions do not include related jobs like engineers, mechanics, and many more job titles.
The largest numbers of new jobs will occur in
- The Asian Pacific: China, Japan, Korea, and others.
- The United States.
- Europe: Primarily France and the United Kingdom.
[Reference: Boeing Long-Term Market Projection 2016 - 2035 at www.boeing.com/commercial/market/long-term-market/pilot-and-technician-outlook/ Retrieved August 2, 2016.]
The Boeing Company is the best known and one of the largest American and international aircraft and aerospace companies, part of the NASA Commercial Crew. It designs, builds, and sells airplanes, rockets, and satellites globally. it is the largest exporting company in America, as judged by ever-increasing revenues.
Boeing Company Success
The Boeing Company is the largest global earner of revenues in the aircraft - aerospace sector and predicts related employment trends since 2009. Each year, company leaders adjust the number of new jobs on the horizon upwards.
Partnering with several other international nations to sell aircraft and aerospace products, the company joined Japan in 2016 to create an American-Japanese Aerospace Force for cleaning debris from Low-Earth-Orbit and also likely top patrol the aerospace lanes.
Boeing Company HQ in Downtown Chicago
USA and France Lead in Production; China Begins Pursuit
The Boeing Company and Airbus of France have a near monopoly in designing, manufacturing, and selling aircraft worldwide. For this reason, the Chinese government has partnered with aircraft manufacturers in Ireland and Quebec to put forth competition in this industry sector.
The Chinese-government-owned COMAC, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., was established in March 2008. They are partnering with Bombardier Aerospace ($10.5 Billion revenues at end of 2014) in Quebec and the Irish Ryanair (5.7 Billion Euros revenue at end of 2015) to compete with Boeing and Airbus.
China's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
France is home to the Airbus SAS company, a division of the international Airbus Group SE. They manufacture non-military aircraft, especially the Airbus varieties used as passenger planes. Headquarters are in Blagnac, a suburb of Toulouse, France.
Airbus in Southern France
Boeing and Airbus in FranceClick thumbnail to view full-size
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In the Air and in Space
Many of the top ten aircraft manufacturers in the world are part of the NASA Commercial Crew, helping to create passenger and military vehicles and defense options for the air, Low-Earth Orbit, mining on the moon and asteroids, and Mission to Mars.
Largest Aircraft Manufacturers
Top 10 Largest Aircraft Manufacturers in the World
The companies on this list maintain offices and factories across the United States and internationally. You can check them out for employment opportunities, including internships and full-time jobs.
As of the end of 2014, these ten manufacturers of aircraft, drones/UAVs, and aerospace vehicles and products earned the largest revenues worldwide:
- The Boeing Company: nearly $34 Billion. Part of the NASA Commercial Crew projects.
- Airbus in France: $36 Billion
- Lockheed Martin: $22 Billion. Part of the NASA Commercial Crew.
- UTC/United Technologies Corporation: over $17 Billion
- General Dynamics: nearly $15 Billion
- BAE Systems (Commercial Crew): nearly $13 Billion
- Northrop Grumman (Commercial Crew): about $12 Billion
- Raytheon Company (Commercial Crew): over $11 Billion
- Safran Group in Paris FR: $9.6 Billion
- Rolls-Royce, London UK: $9.2 Billion
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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