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A highly skilled and robust aerospace workforce is essential to our national security and economic prosperity. Yet today the industry faces impending retirements and a shortage of trained technical graduates, a situation forecast to get worse within the decade. Some companies address this issue by outsourcing work around the globe. In aerospace and defense, however, security requirements dictate that most design work on military systems be done by U.S. citizens. Thus the need for U.S. developed technical talent is particularly acute to ensure a world-class aerospace workforce ready to lead in a global economy.
Our latest infographic on the aerospace and defense industry's workforce illustrates the highly skilled employees within our industry, what skills are most sought after and what our industry does to sustain it.
Almost 60 percent of the U.S. aerospace workforce was age 45 or older in 2007. A significant number of workers in the age 45 or older category are already eligible to retire. (AIA)