Job Market Trends for Avionics Technician Jobs

Avionics technician jobs are becoming a hot commodity in some areas of the industry. Multi skilled avionics technicians are much in demand. This is an industry where skills are the primary drivers in employment, and the current job market definitely reflects that trend.

The problem with the aviation industry as an employment market is that it’s very fluid. In recent times, airlines going bust, excessive fuel prices and hugely competitive flight pricing has been taking money out of the industry, and therefore out of employment.

Specialist avionics technician jobs are generally considered the safest, but of course technology has a say in that situation. Systems are upgraded regularly, and the introduction of new classes and models of aircraft often sends ripples through the employment market. These technological changes also impact occasionally on certification requirements, another consideration for avionics technicians.

In practice, all-rounders seem to be those best attuned to the avionics technician job market. You need to know your way around the industry to succeed in a career, and the experienced all-rounders, who by definition are multi-skilled, do best.

If you check out the major US aviation job site, Aviation Employment, you’ll see a pretty wide range of  avionics technician jobs, across an equally wide range of aircraft types and systems. This is pretty typical of the normal state of the industry and the job market as a whole.

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Career Dynamics and Avionics Technician Jobs

Career development in this traditionally messy industry employment market requires some thought and attention to options and alternatives. The multi-skilling approach to avionics technician jobs makes sense for employers, but it also makes sense in career terms.

For example:

If you’re a systems person, certified on X types of systems, that pretty much defines your job options. If you’re also certified in other areas, you expand your career and job opportunities. This may seem like a lot of hard work, but the fact is that systems, like people, come and go. The multi-skilling approach is based on the fact that the work values for employers hiring  people with multiple skills are higher. These people can do more. It’s therefore a very good idea to stay current, develop new areas of certification and skills.

The career progression can also take some extremely interesting, and lucrative, paths:

Contractor: As an experienced aviation technician, you can do contracts on anything for which you’re certified. You stop being an employee, and become an employer. If you’re able to work on any class of aircraft, you can do business with those types of aircraft.

Consultant: This is a good job for experts. Many senior aviation technicians just cut out the middleman, and work directly with clients. You’ll also get support from pilots and other people who understand the importance and value of your work. This can be a very good, very useful role for senior aviation technicians.

Instructor: Another good role for senior aviation technicians, and one likely to be in considerable demand as the aviation technician job market evolves.