Aviation Hiring Rebounding

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It may be a good time to refresh that resume, as a report released at Heli-Expo in Orlando on Sunday suggests most aviation companies will be hiring in the coming year. The report, by Fort Worth-based JSfirm LLC, is based on a survey of 325 companies of all sizes. "We are certainly encouraged by the fact that nearly 90 percent of companies surveyed expect to hire in 2011, " said JSfirm's managing partner Sam Scanlon.

According to the survey, demand will be greatest for maintenance personnel, but pilots and aviation techs are close behind. There's also a fairly strong demand for sheet metal, structures and composites specialists. Most companies said they look online for employees although "word of mouth" continues to be a primary source for talent searches.