Automotive service technicians and mechanics held about 739,900 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most automotive service technicians and mechanics were as follows:
Automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance
Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores
About 1 in 10 automotive service technicians and mechanics were self-employed in 2014.
Service technicians stand for most of the day, and they typically work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.
Most service technicians work full time, and many work evenings or weekends. Overtime is common.
Injuries and Illnesses
Automotive service technicians and mechanics have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Service technicians must frequently work with heavy parts and tools. As a result, workplace injuries, such as small cuts, sprains, and bruises, are common.