Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center

Career Outlook

The 6,589 manufacturing firms in Washington employ over 8% of the state's workforce.

Aerospace Future Forecast

  • Washington remains the nation's leader in the aerospace industry, employing nearly 20% of the nation's aerospace workforce. 
  • The Boeing Company has a backlog of 5,700 aircraft to fulfill, fueling the demand for skilled aerospace workers. 
  • As current Boeing employees approach retirement age, openings for skilled workers will significantly increase. 

Job Prospects

  • Statewide economic analysis indicates that the average annual wage for aerospace employees is twice the average wage than all industries in the state of Washington. 
  • Students in the identified aerospace programs were much more likely to be employed in aerospace and related industries than other community and technical college students.
  • Graduates of the identified programs make 36% greater earnings in aerospace than those working in non-aerospace industries.

Source: Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board - Aerospace Training Report 2020 (view full report)

Boeing Production Schedule

Real-Time Industry Status

Have some fun checking for yourself how aerospace in Washington is doing. Use the links below to see how many planes have been ordered and how many have been delivered.

See how many aircraft have been ordered this year from Boeing.

See how many aircraft have been delivered this year by Boeing.

See how many aircraft have been ordered over the past 6 years from Boeing.