According to Boeing’s 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook
, industry watchers can add one more impending shortage to domestic transportation worries.
By 2032, the manufacturer said, the world’s airlines will need 498,000 new pilots and 556,000 new maintenance personnel; the pilot numbers come out to around 25,000 new employees a year. The uptick in needed personnel is primarily driven by growing airplane deliveries, Boeing said.
These new numbers show an increase in pilot demand over last year’s forecast for nearly every region except Europe.
"The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real," Boeing’s Sherry Carbary said in a statement. "The key to closing the pilot and technician gap in our industry is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation."
The Asia-Pacific region will require the most new pilots by 2032, showing a demand for 192,300 pilots. In North America, more than 85,000 new pilots will need to take to the skies. - Jon Ross