Aviation Week’s 2016 Workforce Study is underway. This year’s study includes four different data sources.
- The University Study, involving a 10% random sample of engineering students from Penn State, University of Colorado, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, University of Central Florida,, Iowa State University, California Polytechnic State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
- The Young Professionals’ Study, involving a 10% random sample of young professionals from Aurora Flight Sciences, Elbit Systems, L-3 Communications, Spirit AeroSystems, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, Orbital ATK, The Aerospace Corp., and Raytheon. In addition, a group of volunteers from prior years’ studies participates in a longitudinal study designed to follow young professionals as their careers progress.
- A national corporate study that gathers data around the dimensions most important to employees in making career decisions — technological challenge, value/respect for individuals, and career growth and opportunity. It also gathers demographic data and provides insight about retirements and who’s hiring where.
- The Aviation Week SE Region Manufacturing Study. Aviation Week—working in cooperation with state leaders in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida—is conducting a deep dive study into the region’s manufacturing growth, what skills are most important, and who is hiring.
Working with Aviation Week in conducting the study this year are the Aerospace Industries Association, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Society of Satellite Professionals Inc. We’re working with Jim Adams from PwC to look at the data through the lens of business strategy, and deans from leading colleges and universities weigh in on the pipeline that brings young people to their classrooms and degree programs.
The study serves as a guidepost, providing a single source of credible data about the reality of the aerospace and defense industry’s “gray tsunami,” and what students think companies look for versus the reality and what they view as most important when looking at job offers.