Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center

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. 

Job Prospects

  • 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)