Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the number of vehicles in use continues to rise, more entry-level service technicians will be needed. The increasing lifespan of late-model cars and light trucks will further increase demand for qualified workers.
With some employers reporting difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education, job opportunities for qualified applicants should be very good. Job seekers who have completed formal post-secondary training programs should enjoy the best job prospects.
Automobile technicians and mechanics can expect to find employment in a variety of locations and jobs such as:
- Automotive repair and maintenance.
- Automobile dealers.
- Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores.
- Gasoline stations.
In the state of Kansas:
Average wage = $40,280.
Entry level = $25,190.
Experienced = $ 47,820.
For additional information, visit http://www.dol.ks.gov/LMIS/ for local wage information or U.S. Department of labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Handbook for national wage information.