Aerospace Career Outlook
Washington's 1,450 aerospace and aerospace-related industries employ over 136,000 workers
Aerospace Future Forecast
- Washington remains the nation's leader in the aerospace industry, employing nearly 20% of the nation's aerospace workforce.
- The Boeing Company has a backlog of 5,700 aircraft to fulfill, fueling the demand for skilled aerospace workers.
- As current Boeing employees approach retirement age, openings for skilled workers will significantly increase.
- Statewide economic analysis indicates that the average annual wage for aerospace employees is nearly 50% higher than the state's overall average wage.
- Students in the identified aerospace programs were much more likely to be employed in aerospace and related industries than other community and technical college students.
- Graduates of the identified programs make 36% greater earnings in aerospace than those working in non-aerospace industries.
Source: Aerospace Manufacturing Skills Supply, Demand and Outcomes for Washington's Aerospace Training Programs Annual Report - 2016 (view full report at: www.wtb.wa.gov/aerospace.asp)