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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
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.]
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
Airbus in Southern France
Boeing and Airbus in France
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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.
© 2016 Patty Inglish MS
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 01, 2016:
@Lawrence - New Zealand has a lot of fascinating aspects and I bet many over here do not know anything about the aviation business in your country. Your pilot school must be very good - I salute New Zealand!
Lawrence Hebb on September 01, 2016:
Fascinating article here. We've even got a small 'Aviation hub' here in New Zealand, based outside Hamilton there are a couple of manufacturers who specialize in short take off heavy haul planes and build a lot for skydivers and firefighters.
We've also got a pilot training school that's used a lot by European airlines to train their future pilots as the air traffic system is as modern as anything you'll get in the US or Europe but the skies aren't as crowded.
You're right about the boom, even the manufacturers here struggle to keep up with demand!
So next time you see a skydiver, or a 'fire jumper' (firefighter who parachutes in) just remember their plane was probably built in New Zealand!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 10, 2016:
@mckbirdbks - Additional training programs are popping up cost to coast as well. For example, the first drone pilot certification course began in Dayton OH last year, but others are in development.
mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 09, 2016:
You always present such useful information. Many job seekers can find hope in these articles. The jobs are available in many parts of the country which is also good news.
Dianna Mendez on August 08, 2016:
Looks like all the larger cities are going to provide much needed employment for many. If I were younger, I would certainly look into the possibilities.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 06, 2016:
@Ericdierker and PegCole17 -
It looks like we are having huge waves of jobs emerging in a sequence - first oil boom jobs in North Dakota, then the boom in trucking jobs beginning in 2014 and now the Aviation & Aerospace Industries. It all seems to comprise oil & gas, and transportation options. What's next I wonder?
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 06, 2016:
This will provide some direction to job seekers. Great news about future airline expansion and hiring. Loved the photos.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 04, 2016:
As always and enjoyable and informative article. Those are some huge numbers.