They seem to be everywhere right now. No, we’re not talking about political campaign commercials or pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks. Rather it’s ‘Help Wanted’ signs that are posted in just about every store front you visit these days. The phenomenon known as “The Great Resignation” has impacted nearly every industry causing nationwide labor shortages.
And the automotive service sector is no exception.
Not only should employers be concerned, but Forbes reports that labor woes combined with parts shortages may result in increased costs and wait times for customers.
The labor shortage in the automotive service industry does not appear to be a temporary issue. The Bureau of Labor Statisticsprojects that retiring baby boomers will create 100,000 auto technician job openings over the next decade, with a 4% decline in employment in the overall auto technician field through 2029. Moreover, they project a 0.3 percent employment growth for auto mechanics between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 2,100 jobs should open up.
The causes of the labor shortages are numerous and varied. Over the last few decades, there has been a transition away from careers in the trades as workers seek jobs requiring a college degree. Moreover, a stigma seems to be placed on jobs in which workers experience dirt under their fingernails and grease on their shirt.
Yet, those jobs are some of the best paying.
According to U.S. News and World Report, automotive service technicians earn a median salary of over $44,000. The Pew Research Center indicates that a median middle class income for an individual is $33,450. An automotive technician with only a few years of experience can be thrust into the middle class without carrying the burden of costly student loans.
While earning a post-secondary certificate in a trade is encouraged, it isn’t required.
At Admiral Tire and Auto Centers, we have technicians and automotive professionals with decades of experience who would be happy to coach and train individuals new to the field.
To enter the automotive service industry, a candidate does not need extensive automotive knowledge or training; they just need to work hard and be willing to learn. As a family-owned business operating since 1979, our success and longevity can be attributed to the growth and development of our technicians.
If you are looking for a new, rewarding career, call 410-320-0730 or email us today!