Aerospace is one of Oklahoma’s fastest growing industries. The need for engineers in this area is a top priority.
Over the past two years, more than 25 aerospace companies have expanded, opened new operations or relocated their operations to Oklahoma, creating nearly 4,000 new aerospace jobs.
There are currently over 1,500 aerospace-related job openings in the Oklahoma City area, with the goal of adding 10,000 more to the state over the next five years.
These vacancies are expected to continue to grow with strong demand for engineers.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has recognized these needs and is working on solutions.
“We are actively bringing more positions here. There will never be a slowdown in the near future for the need for engineers in this industry, ”said Ryan Tillison, aerospace and defense company recruiter for Oklahoma.
Engineering talent is the most in-demand career in Oklahoma’s aerospace industry and the largest share of new jobs created in the past two years.
Rose State College and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology have teamed up to form a bridging program. Transition of engineers from other industries to the aerospace industry.
“One of the goals of the program is to retain engineering talent in the state. The energy sector is cyclical, up and down, relative to the ever-growing aerospace industry. Tillison said.
The average salary for aerospace engineers in Oklahoma ranges from $ 73,000 to over $ 104,000. The demand to fill the positions is so great that the state offers tax incentives.
“The state has a unique incentive program called the Aerospace Engineering Workforce Tax Credit. This benefits not only aerospace employers, but also aerospace engineers who have a certified engineering degree, ”explained Tillison.
This offers a personal tax credit of $ 5,000 for 5 years.
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