Boeing predicts increased global demand for 1 million new airline pilots, technicians

Boeing says the commercial aviation industry will need more than 1 million new pilots and technicians to support the expanding demand for new airplanes delivered over the next 20 years.

Projected pilot demand is increasing around the world, as is the demand for technicians in some regions.

The projections are part of Boeing’s just-released 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook.

According to the outlook, by 2032 there will be a need for 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

“The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real,” Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, 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.”