Aviation Week & Space Technology

Aviation Week Workforce Initiative

Aviation Week & Space Technology

Aviation Week’s 2015 Workforce Study reports that the aerospace and defense workforce shrank by 2% in 2014, but companies hired 55,000 people—about 10% from university campuses. In addition, the retirement rate for the industry continues to be under 2% and voluntary attrition at 5.7%.

The data on workforce and compensation represents the industry’s most comprehensive strategic view about the  people who make up this industry. When Aviation Week launched the survey back in 1997, we had no idea how sophisticated the industry would become in applying data analytics to building a highly talented workforce ready for the future.

Through the Aviation Week Workforce Study, the industry can evaluate the strength of its ongoing learning programs, evaluate pay for a broad range of jobs as compared to other industries, send a more distinct demand signal to universities, colleges and institutions, and more accurately assess trends across multiple generations, job disciplines, and demographic groupings. This year’s study also includes a section on manufacturing, designed to set a baseline on the future needs for skills and personnel in operations organizations. The study also provides employees today and for tomorrow with the information needed to make career decisions.

In addition to strong partnerships with the Aerospace Industries Association and AIAA, we are particularly pleased this year to have two sponsors. Korn Ferry and PwC joined with us in January, bringing their expertise in terms of careers and data analytics to inform our overall process.

Download the 2015 Workforce Report
Advisory Boards

Executive Advisory Board

  • Jim Adams, VP and Partner, Strategy&/PwC
  • Joe Anselmo, Editor in Chief, Aviation Week
  • David Melcher, CEO, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Gene Fraser, Corporate VP Programs, Quality and Engineering, Northrop Grumman
  • Greg Hamilton, President, Aviation Week
  • Clarke Havener, Global Sector Leader-Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, Korn Ferry
  • Ed Hoffman, Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA
  • Tom Irvine, Managing Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Michael Madsen, President, Honeywell Defense & Space
  • Anthony M. Parasida, SVP HR & Administration, The Boeing Co.

University Advisory Board

  • Amr Elnashai, Dean College of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ragnanthan Kumar, Associate Dean College of Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • Jeff Goldberg, Dean College of Engineering, University of Arizona
  • Leah Jamieson, Dean College of Engineering, Purdue University
  • Jaime Peraire, Dept. Head and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Darryl Pines, Dean College of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Vigor Yang, Chair and Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Young Professionals Advisory Board

  • Jennifer Allen, Orbital ATK
  • Jacob Andrea, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Annie Caraccio, NASA
  • Danielle Couger, Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Kimberly Hicks, Boeing
  • Andy Le, L-3 Communications
  • Matt Lorch, Rockwell Collins
  • Christy Predaina, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Chris Roberts, Elbit Systems N.A.
  • Angie  Ruiz, The Aerospace Corp.
  • Cameron Thompson, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Stephanie Watsek, Rolls-Royce
  • Watsek, Rolls-Royce
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