Sokanu rates Avionics Technicians with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,100 Avionics Technicians. That number is based on 100 additional Avionics Technicians, and the retirement of 3,000 existing Avionics Technicians.
Demand for Avionics Technicians
Minimal employment growth for avionics technicians is projected through 2022. While gradual increases in air traffic are expected over the coming decade, new-generation aircraft will require less maintenance than older models. In addition, to reduce costs airlines will likely continue to outsource some of their preventative electronics maintenance to specialized facilities, thereby decreasing the number of technicians they hire. Consequently, avionics technicians who are trained to perform duties normally carried out by FAA-certified Airframe and Power-plant (A&P) mechanics should have the most demand. Technicians will further enhance their employability if they earn the Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification, the Inspector’s Authorization (IA) designation, and/or a degree in Electrical Engineering or Avionics Technology. Each of these qualifications gains importance during economic downturns, when fewer jobs are available. Technicians who take ongoing training courses offered by manufacturers of the equipment on which they work will also have better chances of advancing their careers.
Commuter and regional airlines are expected to present the majority of opportunities in the field. As these smaller carriers tend to pay lower wages, competition for positions with major airlines will be particularly keen. Once they gain broad experience, avionics technicians may pursue positions as FAA Inspectors.
Supply of Avionics Technicians
The Avionics Technician industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.
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