Hiring Picks Up on AviationCrossing as Airline Industry Faces Pilot Shortage

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Employers in the transportation sector added 31,000 jobs in May, based on the most recent ADP report. The aviation sector has ramped up hiring in recent months, as reflected in employment data on AviationCrossing.com.



Employment growth in the aviation sector last month has come at a time when the industry is on the brink of an acute shortage of pilots.

Trade and transportation sector employment was a bright spot last month, based on the jobs report released Wednesday by the ADP. Employers added 31,000 aviation jobs, reflected in current hiring demand on AviationCrossing.com.

Private sector employment rose in May, according to ADP, a human capital management solutions company. Total U.S. private employment added 135,000 jobs from April to May, and the trade and transportation sector experienced particular growth, adding 31,000 jobs. Job gains came overwhelmingly from the service producing sector, while employment in the goods producing sector fell by 3,000 jobs. ADP relies on the country’s payroll information to make observations on the current labor market.

Many of the current employment needs are for those with strong technical and science backgrounds. On AviationCrossing.com, two of the biggest hiring areas right now are for A&P mechanics and avionics engineers, which currently have 544 and 293 openings, respectively.

Employment growth in the aviation sector last month has come at a time when the industry is on the brink of an acute shortage of pilots. As pilot standards have gotten more rigorous, it has become more difficult for airlines to recruit qualified pilots to meet demand. Recent federal regulations have increased the number of training hours, making the training period for new pilots even longer. New rules are also in place that will soon require longer mandatory rest times, forcing airlines to choose between hiring more pilots and cutting back on available flights. In addition, a large portion of the current pool of fliers is nearing the mandatory retirement age of 65, leading to real fears that the airline could face a pilot crisis in just a few years.

“The aviation industry is expecting a huge shortage of pilots in the next few years,” said Harrison Barnes, CEO of AviationCrossing.com. “New rules that increase the time it takes to train new fliers and mandatory retirement rules are working together to create a real void of available, trained pilots. This is going to be a sector to look out for in terms of employment demand.”

About AviationCrossing

AviationCrossing.com is a job search site based in Pasadena, CA. It is a part of the Employment Research Institute and owned by A. Harrison Barnes.

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