What the Job Market is going to Look Like This Year
For those of you considering a career in aviation, then you are in luck. The aviation business as a whole is looking strong and more growth is expected this year. That means, for those of you, who are either just entering the workforce or considering a change of career, now is a good time to start looking for aviation jobs. The two main types of aviation are airlines and business aviation. The airline field can be further divided into majors, regionals, and cargo. Each type of aviation job will have its own culture as well as pay scale and perks. Deciding on which path to take will depend on your interests and qualifications. However, no matter which one you choose, you can expect a rewarding and exciting career that will last a lifetime. The following is a brief look at opportunities with each type of aviation jobs this year.
The Majors and Regionals
Major and regional airlines are experiencing strong growth figures. When this happens, the airlines will need to start hiring for some specific jobs almost immediately. These jobs include customer service, ground crew, and flight attendants. However, technical jobs such as mechanics and pilots are not lagging far behind. In fact, several of the major airlines, such as United, is already feeling the pinch when it comes to finding qualified candidates to fill positions.
As far as pilot hiring is concerned, this year close to 11,000 pilots are expected to be hired by the airlines alone. Flight attendant hirings are growing at a rate of 2% and this year thousands more will be hired. Aircraft mechanics are in high demand now, with nearly 30,000 projected to be hired this year.
If you are joining the airlines for the first time and are looking at technical jobs, then the first place you will be starting is either with the regional airlines or business aviation. This is because you typically only need bare minimum qualification levels to join. Once you get the job, the goal is to stay there and get experience before moving on to major airlines. Regional airlines are feeling a dearth in qualified personnel, especially pilots and mechanics. In fact, the problem is so severe with some of them that they had to cut back on service. For you, the job seeker, this is good news. As long as you have the basic qualifications, there has never been a better time to get started in aviation.
When talking aviation jobs, working for a logistics company is not the first thing that pops into people’s minds. The fact is, aviation-based cargo service is one of the best jobs in the entire aeronautical business. Obviously, you will not find any flight attendant jobs, but just about every other job is there for the taking, and they typically pay more than their passenger carrying cousins. The downside is that there are only a few cargo carriers, which means, getting a job with a cargo carrier is generally little more competitive.
Job Availability this Year
The job market for pilots, mechanics, and managers is looking good for this year as well as the next 20 years. This is due to two reasons. The aviation industry is growing, and a lot of employees are retiring. In fact, some airlines are finding it difficult to keep up the hiring pace. If you have good problem-solving skills and are qualified, you have a high chance of getting hired for a job with good entry-level salaries.