If you’ve ever considered a career change as a pilot, now would be the time as the world’s aviation industry is in desperate need of over 600,000 pilots.
A report from Boeing and Swiss banking powerhouse UBS has found that an increase for air travel over the next 20 years will require 637,000 new pilots to take to the skies.
Around 40 per cent will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region, while 18 per cent will be required in North America.
Although it won’t be difficult finding contenders, a Boeing representative did state that training and hiring all the new pilots, crew members and technicians will be a challenge.
“New market opportunities are creating an increased demand for qualified, skilled and experienced pilots,” the Boeing report said.
Despite predictions, UBS have preciously outlined an alternative resolution to recruiting new pilots.
Research found that the technology to facilitate pilotless planes carrying people and cargo could appear by 2025. By taking pilots and training out of the equation, airlines could save over $44 billion AUD a year.
And the best part? The removal of pilots could also mean an 11 per cent reduced fare rate.
But until technology catches up, the demand for human pilots is still very real.