Aircraft Electronics Association Launches New Jobs Board

Avionics technicians are in high demand in the U.S. and earn average annual salaries of $65,330, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jeff Kirchhoff/Aircraft Electronics Association

To make it easier for member avionics service facilities to find new trained talent, the Aircraft Electronics Association recently introduced its new online jobs board to coincide with Labor Day. The revamped jobs board allows job seekers to conveniently search by keyword, company name, geographic location and job type, and it's free for AEA member companies to post available positions.

“The need for technical talent continues to be an issue for AEA member repair stations and manufacturers,” said AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson. “I strongly believe that avionics is the most exciting field in aviation, as it combines high-tech with modern airframes, advanced propulsion systems and NextGen communication, navigation and connectivity solutions. But with workforce retirements, competition from other high-tech industries and a growing fleet, our industry is faced with the important challenge of recruiting and retaining the next generation of qualified aviation professionals.”

The AEA Jobs Board provides a focused alternative to traditional jobs sites such as Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Monster and LinkedIn, Adamson added. “The need for specific technical talent continues to be an issue for our member repair stations and manufacturers, and AEA is providing a smarter solution to make the job of finding applicants even easier to bridge the workforce gap that so many companies are facing."

The occupation of “Avionics Technician” can pay well for trained techs, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report showed that there were 18,860 technicians employed in the U.S., earning an average hourly salary of $31.41 and average annual wage of $65,330. The state of Washington had the highest number of techs, with 2,320 employed, while the state of Maryland had the highest average annual salaries at $73,110. The Chicago metro area paid the highest local salaries, with technicians earning $86,700 annually.

Dan Pimentel is an instrument-rated private pilot and former airplane owner who has been flying since 1996. As an aviation journalist and photographer, he has covered all aspects of the general and business aviation communities for a long list of major aviation magazines, newspapers and websites. He has never met a flying machine that he didn’t like, and has written about his love of aviation for years on his Airplanista blog. For 10 years until 2019, he hosted the popular ‘Oshbash’ social media meetup events at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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