What are opportunities for advancement for flight engineer jobs?

Advancement opportunities for flight engineer jobs generally depend on the demands of the aviation industry. Following the demand for safer airplanes in the mid 1980s, in the USA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began to require that most three- and four-engine aircraft and all double-engine jet-powered airplanes have a flight engineer, often referred to as a second officer, on board for all commercial flights. That means opportunities to advance in careers with large airlines and travel firms will continue to increase as consumers demand better and safer flights. In addition, flight engineers are in high demand with manufacturers of large commercial aircraft competing to develop the next generation of energy-efficient planes. Therefore, the opportunity to move up the ranks into higher and better-paying assignments is improved.