Aerospace Career Outlook
Washington's 1,450 aerospace and aerospace-related industries firms employ over 128,000 workers

Aerospace Future Forecast
  • National economic models indicate that aerospace employment will grow by 3.6 percent per year, or an average of 5,086 net job openings each year between 2015 and 2020
  • Washington State's average growth rate of aerospace occupations is anticipated to be 6.2 percent per year Aerospace Industry and Related Training Programs
  • 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
  • Students from the identified community and technical college programs working in the aerospace industry have median annual earnings five percent higher than the median earnings of individuals working in manufacturing
Job Prospects
  • Employers anticipate needing to increase by an average annual rate of 6.2 percent and even higher rates for some selected occupations
  • This rate is nearly 2.5 percentage points above the forecasted long-term average annual increase for all aerospace and related occupations in Washington
  • This offers evidence that among aerospace employers, there is a greater than anticipated need for skilled aerospace workers than identified in the long-term forecast

Source: Aerospace Manufacturing Skills Supply, Demand and Outcomes for Washington's Aerospace Training Programs Annual Report - 2012 (view full report at:

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