Technician and Mechanic Career Profiles and Statistics

There is a wide range of technician related careers. One thing that the majority of them have in common is that the people in these jobs like to understand how things work. Many of these careers require someone who is good with their hands.

The great majority of technician careers require, or benefit from, training. For example, to become an auto mechanic, classes are necessary because modern cars are computer operated, and the mechanic must learn how to use highly specialized tools.

Below you will find detailed profiles on many different technician careers. Each profile identifies the cities that have the most jobs for each career, as well as average salary data.

In the table below, the Expected Growth rating was determined as follows, using forecasted job growth data over the 10 year period 2006-2016:

  • Very High indicates growth in the number of jobs of 20% or more over the period
  • High indicates growth of 10-20%
  • Medium indicates growth of 5-10%
  • Low indicates growth of 0-5%
  • Very Low indicates a loss of jobs over the 10 year period

Installation And Repair Techs

Job TitleWorkersExpected GrowthMedian Wage% With Degrees
Appliance Technicians57,000low$34,0007%
HVAC Mechanics292,000medium$38,0003%
Lock Repairers26,000very high$32,0000%

Mechanic And Engine Repair

Job TitleWorkersExpected GrowthMedian Wage% With Degrees
Aircraft Maintenance Technicians122,000high$48,00011%
Auto Body Repair Technicians183,000high$35,0003%
Auto Mechanics773,000high$34,0004%
Bus And Truck Service Technicians275,000high$38,0003%
Diesel Service Technicians131,000high$40,0003%
Marine Service Technicians24,000high$33,0005%
Motorcycle Service Technicians21,000high$30,0005%
Professional Surveyors60,000very high$48,00082%

Tech Maintenance

Job TitleWorkersExpected GrowthMedian Wage% With Degrees
Architectural And Civil Drafters116,000medium$42,00025%
Drafting Techs25,000high$43,00025%
Electrical Drafting Techs35,000low$47,00025%
Forensic Science Techs13,000very high$45,00046%
Forest Technicians34,000very low$31,00046%
Professional Mechanical Drafters78,000medium$44,00025%
Professional Tech Writers49,000high$58,00074%
Sound Engineering Technicians16,000medium$43,00035%

Tool And Machine Operator

Job TitleWorkersExpected GrowthMedian Wage% With Degrees
Brazing And Welding Machine Operators53,000low$31,0002%
Brazing And Welding Workers409,000medium$31,0002%

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