Employment of elevator installers and repairers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Demand for these workers will depend on growth of nonresidential construction, such as office buildings and stores that have elevators and escalators. This sector of the construction industry is expected to grow rapidly during the next decade as the economy rebounds from the recent recession.
In addition, the need to regularly maintain, update, and repair old equipment; provide access to the disabled; and install increasingly sophisticated equipment and controls will maintain demand for elevator installers and repairers.
The high wages of elevator installers and repairers will attract many applicants, and jobseekers may face strong competition.
Job opportunities for entry-level workers should be best for those who have postsecondary education in electronics or who are military veterans.
Elevators, escalators, lifts, moving walkways, and related equipment need to work year round, so employment of elevator repairers is less affected by economic downturns and seasonality than employment in other construction occupations.
Elevator Installers and Repairers
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Elevator installers and repairers
Construction and extraction occupations
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program