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While so many young teens are being told to go to college as a means of being successful, millions of jobs are being left empty. Construction workers, architects, plumbers, electricians, and pilots are just hard to come by. We are currently in the middle of a enormous pilot shortage, and we haven’t even seen the worst of it.

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The Large Pilot Shortage

To better understand this shortage, we need to take a trip back in time to understand how this all happened.

In the 1970’s, becoming a pilot was nothing to scoff at. The airline industry was in massive growth, and traveling was still a “luxury”. As opposed to some of the antics that we see on airlines today. To add, many young men out of high school were enrolling in the military. If a future pilot was able to complete their pilot training inside the military, they were essentially guaranteed a job after their deployment. This was a perfect situation for the airline industry to be in.

Fast forward to the late 90’s/early 2000’s, military enrollment rates began to fall. For those interested in pilot training, the responsibility and cost of that fell on the airlines directly. Then 9/11 happened which resulted in several airlines filing for bankruptcy. This scared many potential pilots away from the industry.

Fast forward to 2018, we are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, that being software and technology. The job popularity for pilots is decreasing severely. Even though air travel will double over the next 20 years according to the Air Transport Association.

Reasons For The Pilot Shortage in 2018:

There are many reasons to detail as to why there is a pilot shortage in 2018. However, my largest arguments are the following…

  • Airlines are not paying enough to keep people interested in the profession. Salaries have actually stayed around steady since the 1970’s.
  • This is considered a “blue collar” job, as it doesn’t require a degree.
  • This career also requires full dedication and a “lifestyle” of sorts. Many people want work/life balance.

At the end of the day, this affects every single traveler, including you and I. Flights are becoming cancelled because of a lack of pilots across the country, especially in smaller regional airports.

If air travel continues to grow at the rate that it is, and their aren’t enough pilots to get us from point A to point B, we are in for a bit of a mess.

What do you think the ‘real’ issue is? Do you have an idea for a solution? Let’s hear it in the comments!

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