These are extremely busy days for aerospace, aviation, and defense recruiters, and if the pace of hiring for those closely tied industries is any indication, they may rank among the best employment markets for engineers and recruiters alike for years to come.?
The promise of working with state-of-the-art technology to innovate in areas ranging from commercial aviation, defense missile systems, space exploration, and satellite communications is driving engineering graduates and professionals by the thousands to take jobs at companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and many smaller aerospace, aviation, and defense employers.
? “It’s the way we do business in serving the interests of our customers with an exciting work environment that also serves the professional development of our employees,” says Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martins’ chairman, president, and CEO. The company will make more than 4,000 entry-level hires this year alone and recently ranked as engineering students most ‘ideal’ employer in the 2006 Universum Ideal Employer Survey.
“We believe a competitive discriminator for employment with us is the ‘total value’ of a career with Lockheed Martin,” Stevens adds. “This includes competitive pay and benefits, career development, rewards, and recognition and an inclusive work environment.”
Federal contract work to support the war against terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the escalating competition between Boeing and Airbus to build a new generation of jetliners, and various Homeland Security projects are all combining to create a robust employment market for aerospace, aviation, and defense professionals.?
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While many acknowledge it will be hard to accelerate the already frenetic pace of recruiting for these job markets, most expect employment in the aerospace, aviation, and defense sectors to remain strong for the long-term.
Perhaps the biggest recruiting-related challenge they will face in the future is raising American students’ proficiency in math and science. A Raytheon survey of American middle schoolers found that most of them would rather clean their rooms, eat their vegetables, take out the garbage, and go to the dentist than sit down with their math homework.
“If we can help young students to understand that math can be their gateway to interesting careers?then we’re a step closer to averting a potential future shortage of people qualified for jobs requiring science, engineering, and technical training,” says Raytheon chairman and CEO William H. Swanson.