Employment of small engine mechanics is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Growth rates will vary by specialty.
Since the number of registered motorcycles has increased steadily in recent years, there will continue to be a need for motorcycle repair services. As a result, employment of motorcycle mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent over the next 10 years, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Because boat engines and engines and parts for outdoor power equipment have become more sophisticated and efficient, there will continue to be demand for repair services as people are less able to repair and service their own equipment. Employment of motorboat mechanics and service technicians is projected to grow 3 percent, slower than the average, while employment of outdoor power equipment and all other small engine mechanics is projected to grow 5 percent, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Job opportunities are expected to be best for candidates with postsecondary education. Those without postsecondary education can expect to face strong competition for jobs.
Small Engine Mechanics
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers
Small engine mechanics
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program