Auto Mechanic Named As Top Recession Proof Career
In these hard economic times, many professions are suffering. There are only a handful of industries that aren’t being affected. Many high school seniors and anyone looking for a career are starting to consider longevity when it comes to finding a career. When the economy is unstable, a career that won’t suffer in a recession is becoming a major factor when choosing a future job.
Certainly the service industry is suffering in the area of retail and entertainment. However, there are several service industries that will remain necessary, and could in fact thrive in trying times. One of these, is the automotive repair industry. Highly trained and skilled, auto mechanics will be able to ride out the recession better than most.
Since it is becoming harder to secure financing for new cars, many people are holding on to their older cars for longer periods of time. This of course, will lead to an increase in automotive repairs, maintenance, and towing. Employment of Auto Mechanics is set to increase 14 percent between now and 2016. Most of this will be centered around automobile dealerships and independent repair shops. Many new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, will be created, and job opportunites will be significantly higher because many skilled technicians are exprected to retire within the next few years.
Growth is also expected in small retail operations that offer after warranty repairs. However, jobs will continue to decline in gasoline service stations because it is becoming less and less common for them offer repair services, as they did in past years.
These new job prospects are centered on qualified people. People who have competed high school or postsecondary automotive training programs will have an edge. Armed with a certificate through the Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) they will be able to apply for higher paying jobs.
Since auto mechanics are expected to have good diagnostic skill and problem solving abilities.Formal training is needed due to the high competition for entry level jobsformal training in basic electronics and computer courses will have the best opportunities for jobs.
Recently, automotive mechanics were named in the ‘Top 21 Recession Proof Jobs’ by Forbes magazine. There will always be a demand for those skilled in automotive repair, and even through tough economic times, they will find their skills a valuable asset.