We surveyed 2,771 maintenance workers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical maintenance worker. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a maintenance worker?

Low

High

Working as a maintenance worker typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a maintenance worker?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a maintenance worker typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a maintenance worker?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a maintenance worker. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for maintenance workers.

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Do maintenance workers work full-time or part-time?

70% of maintenance workers work in full-time roles while 30% work part-time.

Is being a maintenance worker stressful?

Low

High

Maintenance workers tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a maintenance worker?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a maintenance worker.

How competitive is the workplace for maintenance workers?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for maintenance workers.

Does being a maintenance worker require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for maintenance workers.

Are maintenance workers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Maintenance workers rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do maintenance workers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally maintenance workers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a maintenance worker physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a maintenance worker requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are maintenance workers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a maintenance worker changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a maintenance worker require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a maintenance worker.

Does being a good maintenance worker require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a maintenance worker.