As concerns about climate change continue to grow, there is an ongoing effort to electrify, or the process of replacing technologies that use fossil fuels (including coal, oil and natural gas), with technologies that use electricity to generate energy. States such as California have approved Advanced Clear Cars II, which aims to phase out the purchase of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and increase sales and use of zero-emission vehicles. Meanwhile, big companies are also looking to reduce their carbon footprint by switching to green technologies, consuming renewable energy and investing in carbon offsets, among other solutions.
While such initiatives are meant to help the environment, the electrification movement is endangering many traditional mechanical professions. In California alone, about 32,000 auto mechanic jobs are projected to be lost in the Golden State by 2040, in part because electric vehicles require less maintenance and repairs than traditional vehicles.
More than 600,000 Americans make a living as auto maintenance technicians and mechanics, but this profession is only a small fraction of mechanic-related jobs in the US.
Handymen and movers, or workers who manually move loads, supplies, baggage, or other materials, are the most common mechanical occupations. A staggering 2.7 million Americans work as laborers and movers in the US. The second most common mechanic-related occupation consists of storekeepers and order fulfillers, which employ nearly 2.5 million Americans. Stockers and order fillers receive, store, and issue goods, materials, equipment, and other items from a warehouse, warehouse, or warehouse to fill shelves, racks, tables, or customer orders. While these professions may face other headwinds from robotics and artificial intelligence, the shift to electrification tends to affect them less.
While electrification will inevitably eliminate the demand for certain traditional jobs, it will also create new opportunities by changing the landscape for mechanical jobs.
Mechanical occupations in the energy sector have the highest growth projections compared to other mechanical jobs, especially when it comes to long-term growth. Wind turbine maintenance technician jobs, whose job descriptions include installation, maintenance and repair of wind turbines, are expected to grow the most. The projected two-year employment growth for wind turbine maintenance technicians is 16.2%, and the projected employment growth in 10 years is 69.6%.
While the oil and gas industry’s handyman occupation, which is primarily responsible for assembling or repairing oilfield equipment using hand and power tools, has the second largest short-term projected growth of 13.8%, the occupation drops to sixth place when it comes to it’s about the long term. long-term forecasts at the level of 29.7%. In comparison, solar PV installers or those responsible for assembling, configuring and maintaining rooftop solar systems have a smaller short-term growth forecast of 12.9%, but a much larger 10-year growth forecast of 51.7%.
The landscape for mechanically inclined workers varies by region, with states in the Midwest employing the largest proportion of mechanically inclined workers, while states in the Northeast tend to have the least. Indiana has the highest percentage of employment at 30.1%, followed by Alabama and Kentucky at 27.3% and 27.2%, respectively. In comparison, the states with the fewest mechanic-minded workers are Massachusetts, Delaware, and New York (16.3%, 16.0%, and 15.4%, respectively). The local economy also plays an important role in the employment of mechanical occupations, which may explain why the best US cities with the most mechanically inclined workers are not limited to one region and include cities in the Midwest, West, and South.
The data used in this analysis comes from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational employment and wage statistics. To determine the locations with the most mechanically inclined workers, Construction Coverage researchers calculated the proportion of mechanically inclined workers among all workers. In the event of a tie, the place with a higher concentration of mechanic-minded workers compared to the national average ranked higher. For the purposes of this analysis, mechanically inclined workers are defined as workers in one of the 269 occupations in which a mechanically inclined worker is required as part of normal work activities.
Here is a summary of data for Texas:
- Share of workers with a mechanical bias: 22.0%
- Concentration of mechanically inclined workers (compared to average): +2.3%
- Total workers with a mechanical bias: 2 688 030
- Average wages of workers with a mechanical bias: $49,196
- The most common mechanical profession: Warehouses and order pickers
For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:
- Share of workers with a mechanical bias: 21.5%
- Concentration of mechanically inclined workers (compared to average): N/A
- Total workers with a mechanical bias: 30 334 850
- Average wages of workers with a mechanical bias: $50,821
- The most common mechanical profession: Workers and loaders, loaders and loaders, manual
For more information, detailed methodology, and full results, you can find the original report on the Construction Coverage website: https://constructioncoverage.com/research/cities-with-the-most-mechanically-inclined-workers-2023.