Boeing is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial aviation maintenance technicians and pilots as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years. Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook also projects that between 2014 and 2033 the world’s aviation system will require 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians and 533,000 new commercial airline pilots.
Overall, the global demand is driven by steadily increasing airplane deliveries, particularly widebody airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually.
Attempts by the air carrier industry to produce technicians through proprietary ab initio maintenance training schools have had mixed results. As a result, the projected demand can only mean bad news for business and general aviation as historically the air carrier industry recruits talent from those sectors. The study predicts 224,000 technicians will be needed in Asia Pacific; 102,000 in Europe; 109,000 in North America; 44,000 in Latin America; 62,000 in the Middle East; 19,000 in Africa; and 24,000 in Russia and CIS.