The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) released their 2021 Aerospace & Defense Workforce Study on November 2nd, which was conducted in collaboration with Ernst & Young LLP (EY US). The report, which includes analysis from 33 companies representing over 950,000 employees across the globe, outlines progress in workforce development and diversity and areas of opportunity in which additional progress can be made.
“This workforce study provides data-driven insights that can help us benchmark where we are as an industry so we can chart a course to where we want to go next and in the future,” said Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO. “The results of this survey showcase positive trends that indicate, despite the pandemic, we’re making exceptional progress in workforce development and diversity. This is exciting news because the aerospace and defense industry is at its best when we have diverse, talented people with different experiences driving innovation and our competitive edge.”
“We believe this study’s findings will help employers across the A&D industry continue to make the progress required to accelerate innovation.”
— Dan Dumbacher, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Some key findings include:
“It is vital for us to understand the demographics and dynamics of the dedicated people who make up the A&D workforce. They are the most technically proficient, professionally equipped, and culturally diverse workforce on the planet,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “Through this study, we received valuable inputs about the talent pipeline from several academic institutions. We gained a better perspective on how the A&D community can better support STEM education and promote the industry’s diverse career paths. We believe this study’s findings will help employers across the A&D industry continue to make the progress required to accelerate innovation. This timely and robust information will help us continue our work shaping the future of aerospace.”
“We are excited to have collaborated with AIA-AIAA on this study and we are excited to see how this research will promote a diverse workforce across this important industry,” said Steve Fuller, partner, People Advisory Services, EY US.