Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
The number of vehicles in use continues to rise, and more entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil. New technologies, however, such as electric vehicles, may limit future demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics because they will be more reliable and thus require less maintenance and repair.
With some employers reporting difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education, job opportunities for qualified applicants should be very good, whether they obtained their knowledge through education or experience. Of these workers, those who have completed formal postsecondary training programs or achieved ASE certification should enjoy the best job prospects.
Those without formal automotive training or certification are likely to face strong competition for entry-level jobs.
Many job openings will be in automobile dealerships and independent repair shops, where most service technicians currently work.
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program