Aerospace and defense companies large and small plan to hire in 2013. While much of the hiring will replace workers leaving for retirement or a new opportunity, the numbers also include some all-new jobs and new skills. As of April 1, the companies responding to the Aviation Week Workforce Study had 22,000 funded, open job requisitions. Last year, the industry forecast hiring at 28,000; at year-end 31,000 people had been hired and the industry-wide headcount had risen to 629,000—a ...

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