Pilot shortage? Not according to labor statistics.

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Pilot shortage? Not according to labor statistics.

Posted by Doug Adomatis on Nov 15, 2018 1:29 pm

I keep hearing about the pilot shortage but evidently no one has told the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is reporting that the outlook is less than average (4%) for the next 10 years.
Ref: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/airline-and-commercial-pilots.htm

How do I explain this to my students?
Doug Adomatis, Physics Instructor / Remote Pilot Greenville Tech Charter High School www.linkedin.com/in/douglasadomatis

Re: Pilot shortage? Not according to labor statistics.

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 15, 2018 7:30 pm

Don't know where the BLS is coming up with their numbers, but their 4% demand growth is only one side of the equation.  While that may be "lower than average", what they aren't looking is at the supply side, which is desperately short of the demand.  Show them all the bonuses the regionals are offering and the times to the left seat they are currently running, and compare that to the history prior to the last 5-10 years.

Re: Pilot shortage? Not according to labor statistics.

Posted by Doug Adomatis on Nov 17, 2018 6:50 am

So what you are saying in terms of supply and demand is that there are only so many jobs and too small is the pool of candidates to fill those jobs.  The BLS statistics are reporting that there is not going to be a sudden increase in the number of jobs.  The shortage is due to supply of trained pilots not keeping up with the demand to replace existing (retiring) pilots.  Right?
Doug Adomatis, Physics Instructor / Remote Pilot Greenville Tech Charter High School www.linkedin.com/in/douglasadomatis

Re: Pilot shortage? Not according to labor statistics.

Posted by Ronald Levy on Nov 18, 2018 8:36 am

Right.