By: Jason Hesse - written: April 25, 2014
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the number of vehicles in use continues to rise, more entry-level service technicians will be needed to do basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil. The increasing lifespan of late-model cars and light trucks will further increase demand for qualified workers.
With some employers reporting difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education, job opportunities for qualified applicants should be very good. Jobseekers who have completed formal postsecondary training programs-especially candidates with training in advanced automotive technology, such as hybrid fuel or computer systems-should enjoy the best job prospects. Those without formal automotive training are likely to face strong competition for entry-level jobs. More numerous openings will be in automobile dealerships and independent repair shops, where most service technicians currently work.
Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics