Aerospace Workforce Projections Released for King County

Seattle, Wash. – The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) released today its comprehensive, industry-focused Aerospace Talent Pipeline Study. This study represents an analysis for the most current available labor market data, and is designed to be useful for all consumers, particularly aerospace industry members, jobseekers, and educators interested in career options for their students.

Talent Pipeline Studies focus on growing local sectors and serve as occupational supply and demand analyses of the local labor market. This WDC research identifies potential gaps that may persist without changes in workforce preparation efforts and supports the industry-driven design of the Seattle-King County workforce system.

Replacement openings will significantly impact the sector in coming years; over 50 percent of the aerospace workforce is over the age of 45. The sector has begun significant efforts to recruit and train workers locally at the K-12 level, however this does not address the need for engineers at the four year and higher levels.

“This data goes beyond providing information to jobseekers, to providing a meaningful tool that can inform decisions of those seeking long-term, living-wage jobs in King County,” says Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “By making this data more accessible, we hope to empower job seekers to target their career plans towards the most in-demand careers.”

For more about the WDC's talent pipeline studies visit www.seakingwdc.org/talent-pipeline. More about the Workforce Development Council and its workforce initiatives can be found at www.seakingwdc.org or by calling (206) 448-0474.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is a workforce grant-making organization that oversees employment-related programs for youth, the adult workforce and employers in King County, with the goal of a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

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