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Is The Cost Of Auto Repair Poised To Surge?

Talk about a glaring generation change. Apparently young people today are more interested in Facebook than cars, and that means we’re facing a shortage of auto mechanics. And when the supply of mechanics contracts while the demand for the service holds steady or increases, the price of repair will rise.

The nation’s demand for auto mechanics is expected to have grown about 17% from 2010 to 2020, adding 124,800 jobs for a total of 848,200, the Bureau of Labor Statisticsreports. Auto technicians overall earned an average of $35,790, but 10% earned more than $59,590, in 2010, the most recent year for which the BLS has data.

We’ve already seen this trend with welders, electricians, plumbers, and other technical/craft areas. And despite it all, some educators continue to push most kids down the path of traditional four-year degrees. Let’s hope educator wake up soon and take a look at Bureau of Labor statistics that show many of tomorrow’s jobs require specialized skill,  not a four-year degree.

One Response to “Is The Cost Of Auto Repair Poised To Surge?”

  • Aug

    Too many people think that it is beneath them to get their hands dirty in this world.

    And haven’t we encouraged that feeling in public policy by telling people that it is better to be sitting on their butts on welfare than it is to work a “menial” job?

    Now we have it on both sides – We have the lazy who won’t work any job, because they don’t feel that they ought to have to get dirty, and people who think that they are too good for these jobs.

    But the market will bid up rates, and people will spontaneously change careers to get in on this when they see the good living they can make turning wrenches.

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