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New Jobs and Schools in Aviation and Aerospace

Updated on March 21, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful work history in Medicine; Health- and I/O Psychology; STEM courses, and Aerospace Education.

Trainees in the 1960s used this mock-up capsule at Goddard Flight Center's Meteor Crater, an analog site for the moon landing training. Today's capsules are larger and take 7 astronauts to the ISS.
Trainees in the 1960s used this mock-up capsule at Goddard Flight Center's Meteor Crater, an analog site for the moon landing training. Today's capsules are larger and take 7 astronauts to the ISS. | Source

New and Expanding Job Titles for Air and Space

Number One: Aerospace Manufacturing and Distribution

  • A major job category for new aerospace positions falls under the heading of Transportation and Warehousing at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • As of April 1, 2014 America had over 502,000 people working in aerospace production at an average wage of $34.65 per hour. Between 2012 - 2022, the increase in total available jobs in Transportation and Warehousing is to reach 3,273,000 openings.
  • By early 2016, Ohio alone supported over 1,200 aerospace companies and over 1,800 manufacturing companies.
  • The Ohio Space Corridor from Cincinnati through Wright Patterson AFB and on to Columbus is progressing quickly in aviation and aerospace manufacturing and related industries.

Other High Demand Jobs

  1. Aerospace Engineers: We will see an increase from 83,000 employed in 2012 to 89,100 in 2022, the addition of 6,100 slots, and a new 2,540 openings, including replacements, annually.
  2. Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians: 3,560 annual vacancies.
  3. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers: 1,920 annual vacancies.
  4. Engineering Technicians, not including Drafters: 1,460 jobs yearly.
  5. Assemblers of Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems: 910 annual vacancies.
  6. Airfield Operations Specialists: 350 jobs open every year.
  7. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians: At least 210 jobs added yearly.
  8. Air Traffic Controllers: 140 jobs annually. This probably does not consider needs at our North American Spaceports, which number over a dozen, with SpaceX constructing the first private space launch facility in Texas beginning 2017.
  9. Astronomers: 90 or more jobs added annually, including professors.
  10. Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors: 190 jobs will open every year.

New Aerospace Jobs

Martian Colonies 2018 - 2035

The Earth's populations rose in numbers during the 2010s to such a point at which hundreds of people volunteered to colonize Mars in a mission from which they could not return.

After analysis and cuts, a final dozen individuals were placed before the public in a game show format during their astronaut training. The public would choose the final crew to Mars.

The project is that of a Dutch company called Mars One, whose leadership planned to place a lander full of supplies on the planet in October 2016 and a new Mars rover in 2018.

Carefully chosen crews of two males and two females each of pioneers were planned for travel to Mars in missions occurring every two years. The latest plans include a manned flight launched in 2022 with a landing seven months later in 2023 (Reference: Ben Brumfield and Elizabeth Landau. CNN. August 9, 2013). The next flight would be in 2024 - 2026.

At the same time, a billionaire planned to send a married couple to Mars in 2018, several years ahead of America's NASA plans for colonization in the early 2030s, envisioned by the past TV series Mars.

Space Taxis to the ISS

SpaceX accepted an agreement with NASA in mid-December 2015 to send two Dragon capsules to the International Space Station every year. Space taxi drivers will be needed in greater numbers.

Space-Related High Demand Job Clusters

Aerospace and aviation jobs will need the services and products of the following larger employment sectors, at average wages from top to bottom of the list (highest to lowest) of $65.47/hour to $15.08/hour:

  1. Management
  2. Legal Occupations
  3. Life, Physical, and Social Sciences - Bioengineering will become more important.
  4. Computer and Mathematics Specialties
  5. Architecture and Engineering
  6. Sales and Related Jobs
  7. Healthcare Practitioners and Technicians
  8. Business and Financial Operations
  9. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations - For example, artists are needed to design mission logos and several other items.
  10. Education and Training - This includes public and private institutions and aerospace companies, many of which are in the NASA Commercial Crew.
  11. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  12. Transportation and Material Moving
  13. Protective Services
  14. Construction and Extraction
  15. Office and Administrative Support
  16. Food Prep and Service
  17. Building and Grounds Maintenance


Aerospace Engineers and Engineering Technicians

America will need at least 89,000 Aerospace Engineers and thousands of related technicians by 2022.

Space Architecture: Building Space Habitats and Work Spaces

European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel, STS-122 mission specialist, works on the Columbus laboratory for the ISS in 2008.
European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel, STS-122 mission specialist, works on the Columbus laboratory for the ISS in 2008. | Source

Meteorite Men - Cool Jobs in Science

No new inventions are needed to land humans on Mars. We will certainly not send couples.

— Mars One

To Work on Mars, be Confident, Definite and Flexible

Working in outer space is a life-or-death occupation.

Potential workers need to know themselves well, have good analytical skills and the ability to make decisions, have effective communications skills, be time conscious, be effective and even innovative during a crisis, and be flexible in attitude. They should also be a little daring and want to have fun at new adventures.

While many of the discoveries and experiments of the US Shuttle Program have increased the quality of life on Earth (see NASA Spinoffs), the quality of life in space is more difficult to improve.

The year long aerospace experiment involving the Kelly twin astronauts will begin to show us whether the human body can survive in low gravity without massive deterioration of many bodily systems over a prolonged period.

Flight to Mars
Flight to Mars

This is a popular film from back in 1951. Will it come true in 2023? - Four men and a woman crash land on the Mars after severe damage in a meteor storm to their ship. The book is a favorite of mine, because we have four men and four women at NASA training since 2013 to actually fly to Mars; and they may encounter similar difficulties.

 

International Space University

The International Space University (ISU) is a nonprofit institution of higher learning for the development of outer space for peaceful purposes. Coursework includes: a Master of Science in Space Studies (MSS) and the Executive MBA.

Interdisciplinary, Intercultural, and International Training
Interdisciplinary, Intercultural, and International Training | Source

INTERNATIONAL SPACE UNIVERSITY is an institution founded on the vision of a peaceful, prosperous and boundless future through the study, exploration and development of Space for the benefit of all humanity.

— ISUnet.edu

International Space University (ISU)

Founded in 1987, The International Space University (ISU) is a nonprofit institution of higher learning for the development of outer space for peaceful purposes. Coursework includes:

  • Master of Science in Space Studies (MSS)
  • Executive MBA
  • Space Studies Program (SSP) annual seminars - Extended to two months in Montreal during Summer 2014.

Located in France, this institution has North American offices at:

ISU North American Office
PO Box 7470
Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: (202) 997-4910

Internships: SpaceX, NASA, Planetary Resources, and Others

Also see Space Scholarships for many more opportunities in aviation and aerospace, including asteroid mining and drone piloting.

Because of the public-private partnerships of the NASA Commercial Crew, the US Space Program is strong and ahead of schedule. In fact, NASA issued an edict in May 2012 for other explorers in America and from international space agencies to leave the US space agency's offloaded materials and equipment alone when they reach the moon.

Also see United Nations Outer Space Affairs Job and Internships for slots needing qualified, energetic professionals in a wide range of fields related to air and space.

The first drone (unmanned aircraft) pilot courses began at Sinclair Community College with support from the University of Dayton in Ohio and at Kent State University during 2013. Today, related schools have opened across America.

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Cassini Saturn Orbit.
Cassini Saturn Orbit. | Source

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      How interesting! It is going to produce a lot of great opportunities for many it seems. I was surprised at the list of jobs included here, as there is such a variety of expertise needed to all sorts that one would not even imagine needed for aviation and aerospace.

      Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      I will pass this on to my brother and others too

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thanks for voting and sharing; I think the information is important to the next decade or two of new workers especially!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and so useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I didn't realize the jobs in aviationa and aerospace were so vast. I think going to Mars would be out of my comfort zone but I know there are others who would jump (fly?) at the chance.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thanks for the comments!

      @DDE - Many many more jobs will open up in the private sector and it's exciting.

      @teaches12345 - A group of politicos since 2008 spread propaganda that USA space efforts were and are dead, but it is easy to see that that is not so! As an adjunct member of Civil Air Patrol, I can learn even more about all this!

      I don't think we can survive on Mars, but we will see.

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