We recently began exploring the ever-rising demand for qualified aviation technicians that has been impacting our industry. With air travel seeing record numbers, we’re also seeing major shifts in key statistics around employment opportunities with airports, MROS, and OEMs. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the numbers and what they mean for those looking for long-term career in a field that’s showing no signs of slowing down.

While some industries have experienced mass layoffs, aviation and travel are back to pre-pandemic levels and growing. “Labour shortage in the aviation industry translates into parked aircraft and cancelled flights. Aviation relies on skilled aircraft technicians to keep aircraft flying and communities connected across the United States. We want to be part of the solution for the industry” says Ross Mitchell, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at MHIRJ.

Before we dig a little deeper into the numbers, let’s recap what we already know based on recent reports.

Projections show that until 2030 there will be an estimated employment growth rate of 12% for mechanics and service technicians, and 10% for avionics technicians. This employment growth rate is actually projected to be 8% higher than the rest of the U.S. job market, meaning it opens the doors to new graduates who want a lasting career with plenty of opportunity, and is great news for experienced technicians who wish to continue advancing in the industry.

And although we’ve seen increased interest, an uptick of 2.2% in Aircraft Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) graduates, and 7,119 new mechanic certificates issued by the FAA last year, there will still be an average of 12,800 job openings per year until 2032 to make up for the 21% annual increase needed to support the commercial market. These numbers show that we still have a way to go to meet the demand as numbers continue to fall short of the pre-pandemic rates.

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The aviation industry has long been known for being male-dominant. In fact, only 2.7% of aircraft mechanics are women, but this number has also started skewing higher. Women have equal opportunity in the field, so it’s important to support inclusivity and demonstrate that this is a solid career path for anyone who wishes to pursue it. In fact, an average of 48% of AMT students receive a job offer immediately upon graduation. This shows once again that the industry is powering ahead and job opportunities are abundant.

On the flip side, we also know that 40% of current aviation technicians could retire by 2030, and there is a vacancy rate of 27% for aircraft maintenance workers projected by 2027. This means that there is ample space for an entirely new generation to step in and be the future of the industry. And with options to fast-track education, get paid during training, and get hired immediately, there’s never been a better time to get started and to fill one of the 12,800 AMT job openings that are available each year.


When we look at the big picture, we can see that 48,000 new technicians can join the workforce by 2027, making it clearly worthwhile to pursue education, start training, or transfer your skills. Be part of the industry that’s on the up.

“We need solutions like the Aviation WORKS Act to help fund training for maintenance technicians and make it more accessible for the next generation to kick start their careers in aviation,” Ross Mitchell says.

Stay tuned to WINGSPAN for more on the education and hiring process. Ready to make your move? Explore the current job openings at MHIRJ:

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