It’s basic supply and demand. As more vehicles get on the road and the skills gap widens, there’s a growing demand for automotive technicians. To get the supply they need, employers are seeking new ways to find and attract technicians. Learn how a job as an auto technician could benefit you.

 

More vehicles plus fewer techs equals more jobs

The need for auto technicians is huge and rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of auto technician jobs needed is projected to grow by 6 percent through 2026, which translates into the creation of nearly 46,000 jobs.

Chalk it up to more vehicles and more retirees. With about 268.8 million vehicles on the road in the U.S. (a number that is projected to reach the 2 billion mark by 2040), auto maintenance and repair is needed more than ever before. Not to mention, the average age of a technician in the U.S. is 50 years old, meaning more than 50 percent of auto techs will retire in the next 10-15 years. That translates into more jobs available for you.

 

Employers are seeking new ways to find auto technicians

As the skills gap widens, repair shops and auto dealers are seeking new ways to find technicians. Employers are willing to pay more for well-trained technicians than ever before, but training is critical. Employers are looking for new and innovative ways to attract new hires and promote employee retention. Many manufacturers, national and local repair shops and auto dealers are working with educational institutions like Matrix Trade Institute and offering tuition reimbursement, training and other incentives to attract technicians.

 

Auto technician jobs offer long-term career benefits

Job security and opportunity for advancement are better than ever as the shortage of well-trained, entry-level auto techs fails to replace the number of retiring technicians. Additionally, technicians with professional soft skills, such as strong communication, can advance to management level positions and trade the wrench for the pen.

 

Go from learning to earning

You want a job, but you don’t want a lengthy education process and expensive tuition to slow you down. Put your career on the fast track with Matrix Trade Institute’s 20-week accelerated program. MTI offers local, affordable and efficient education for auto techs and arms its students with the tools and skills that employers look for in the hiring process.

Ready to start your education? Learn more about Matrix Trade Institute today.