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|
|District of Columbia||350|