Aircraft maker Boeing () forecast that 558,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed over the next 20 years, in a report released Min July 2015. That works out to about 28,000 pilots each year.
Technicians will be in even hotter demand. Boeing projects 609,000 new commercial aircraft maintenance workers will be required by 2034.
Global economic growth is spreading wealth and making travel possible for millions of new fliers around the world.
Boeing said close to 38,000 passenger planes — worth $5.6 trillion — will be needed over the next 20 years to meet surging travel demand. It’s in line with rival Airbus’ ( ) recent forecast for 32,600 new aircraft by 2034.