CAE predicts industry needs 1.3m new professionals

In a report launched at the Paris International Airshow, Canadian aviation training specialist, CAE, predicts a global requirement for 1.3 million new aviation professionals over the next decade.

This significant demand is driven by expected growth in commercial and business aviation markets, retirements, attrition, and industry expansion.

The 2023 Aviation Talent Forecast breaks down the need for 1.18 million recruits in commercial aviation and 106,000 in business aviation. These professionals will fill roles as pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, and cabin crew.

Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President of Civil Aviation, emphasized the forecast as a wake-up call for the industry. He highlighted the need to promote aviation careers, engage underrepresented communities, and devise innovative programs to ensure a steady flow of qualified personnel.

“As commercial aviation approaches full recovery and business aviation surpasses pre-pandemic levels, the industry must work collaboratively to meet the rising demand and maintain safety standards,” said Leontidis.

The forecast, a key tool for stakeholders, presents a comprehensive analysis of the future demand for various aviation roles worldwide. It also sheds light on the reasons behind the substantial need and strategies for attracting talent.

The report further highlights the industry’s transition through advanced training, sustainable practices, and diverse talent acquisition. It underscores the pivotal role of technology in reshaping the industry, the significance of sustainability, and the impact of diversity on building a robust talent pipeline. This forecast provides vital insights and prompts the industry to prepare for the substantial demand ahead.