There are currently an estimated 749,900 automotive service technicians in the United States. The automotive service technician job market is expected to grow by 6.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are automotive service technicians?

CareerExplorer rates automotive service technicians with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 51,900 automotive service technicians. That number is based on 45,900 additional automotive service technicians, and the retirement of 6,000 existing automotive service technicians.

Are automotive service technicians in demand?

As the number of vehicles in use rises, more entry-level service technicians will be needed to do maintenance and repair, such as oil changes and brake pad replacements. The longer life-span of late-model cars and light trucks will further increase demand for qualified workers. Most opportunities are expected to be created by automotive dealerships and independent automotive repair facilities. Employment of automotive service technicians in gasoline service stations will continue to decline, as fewer stations offer repair services. With industry reports showing that employers are having difficulty finding applicants with the right skills and training, qualified job seekers should encounter both significant prospects and strong competition. Those with knowledge of advanced automotive technology, such as hybrid fuel or computer systems, will be the most sought after candidates. Though not mandatory, professional certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has become the standard credential for experienced technicians in this occupation. For those who achieve certification in all eight areas of automotive service and who wish to advance in the field, the Institute offers the designation of Master Automobile Technician. Entry-level technicians generally increase their employability if their training has included participation in Automotive Youth Education Service (AYES), a partnership between high school automotive repair programs, automotive manufacturers, and franchised dealers.

What’s the supply of automotive service technicians?

The automotive service technician industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Automotive Service Technician job market by state

State Name Employed Automotive Service Technicians
California 64,350
Texas 47,210
Florida 46,280
New York 34,220
Pennsylvania 30,420
Illinois 26,830
Ohio 22,540
North Carolina 22,060
Georgia 20,750
Michigan 20,670
Virginia 19,680
Missouri 15,860
Massachusetts 14,810
New Jersey 14,720
Indiana 14,450
Arizona 14,070
Tennessee 13,510
Washington 12,860
Maryland 12,440
Wisconsin 12,020
Colorado 11,480
Minnesota 11,460
South Carolina 10,740
Kentucky 8,410
Alabama 8,110
Connecticut 8,070
Iowa 7,970
Oklahoma 7,340
Louisiana 7,270
Utah 6,450
Oregon 6,330
Kansas 6,230
Arkansas 5,790
Nevada 5,290
Mississippi 5,240
Nebraska 4,670
New Mexico 4,230
West Virginia 4,080
Maine 3,990
Idaho 3,820
New Hampshire 3,780
Puerto Rico 3,140
Montana 2,940
Hawaii 2,740
Rhode Island 2,370
North Dakota 2,300
Delaware 1,940
South Dakota 1,920
Vermont 1,650
Alaska 1,600
Wyoming 1,360
District of Columbia 350
Guam 260
Virgin Islands 180