Like To Fly? The Airline Industry Is Making A Big Hiring Push

It was recently reported that job growth for August is stagnate. Nonfarm payrolls were unchanged last month, the Labor Department said Friday. It was the first time since 1945 that the government has reported a net monthly job change of zero. “The bottom line is this is bad,” Diane Swonk, chief economist with financial services firm Mesirow Financial, told CNBC Friday. However, one industry where there is an upswing in hiring is the airline industry. Help is wanted in the air.

If you are worried about your job, I would maybe consider taking a flying lesson. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports Friday that Boeing predicts the airline industry will hire 466,650 new pilots by 2029, with 186,000 needed in Asia and 97,000 hired in North America. Some Asian airlines are even setting up job fairs in the United States and re-opening recruitment offices, LeBeau reports. A starting salary for a pilot at a major airline in the U.S. is in the mid-$40,000 range. A recent study also showed that the top industry with the most employees over 50 is the airline business.

Today, only about 450 women worldwide are airline captains — pilots in command who supervise all the other crew members on a flight, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. Angela Masson, a retired American Airlines captain who heads the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, recently told CNN, “flying has to be something that you really, really want, because even gender issues aside, it’s a very challenging and demanding career.” But perhaps this hiring spree could be the push women in the airline industry need to get their numbers higher.

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