Texas Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Industry

Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Companies in Texas

Today’s big thinkers are pulling from a well-established workforce and industry ecosystem to benefit tomorrow.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the aerospace and aviation industry directly employs over 148,000 Texas workers at more than 1,400 establishments and ranks #1 in the U.S. for air transportation employment, building on a rich history of industry innovation and development in the state. Texas is where the first military flights took off, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin trained for the Apollo 11 mission, and where the world’s largest low-cost airline carrier was founded. Today, Texas colleges and universities are investing more than $5 billion a year in R&D expenditures, committed to the next big innovation.

Aerospace, Aviation and Defense Employment Growth

The aerospace, aviation and defense sector continues to grow in Texas, with companies clustered near Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

Notable Employers

The world’s top aircraft companies, aerospace corporations, defense companies choose Texas for major operations.