This outlook is for the career grouping Other Mechanics which includes Appliance Servicers/Technicians.
Your work prospects are rated FAIR because:
The number of electric appliance servicers and repairers declined slightly during most of the 1990s, and then rebounded. The positive impact of the large increase in the number of households appears to have more than offset the negative impact of the greater reliability of new household appliances and the tendency of consumers to replace their defective appliances rather than have them repaired. Since these trends should continue, the number of electric appliance servicers and repairers should increase slightly over the next few years.
Jobs openings will come mainly from positions vacated by retiring electric appliance servicers and repairers and by those who leave the occupation or who obtain promotions to supervisory positions or who leave to set up their own business as repair contractors (NOC 7216).
Employment growth in this occupation depends on the need for maintaining and repairing electric appliances and, to a lesser degree, on activity in the repair market for small appliances. Because new small appliances are launched regularly, this market is rather stable. Nevertheless, since it provides only a small proportion of work for repairers, it has little influence on the total number of jobs in this occupation.
Activity in the electric appliance maintenance and repair market depends primarily on the rate at which households are formed, on the reliability of these appliances and on consumer habits.
The drop in employment in this occupation observed during most of the 1990s was largely a result of the significant improvement in the reliability of new appliances, which required less repair than old models. In addition, the absence of new kinds of appliances coming onto the market (for example, microwave ovens appeared several years ago) further limits the growth potential of the electric appliance maintenance and repair market.
Current consumer habits also have an effect on the activity level in this market. Many consumers prefer to buy new appliances offering new features and better warrantees, such as programmable stoves with instant heat or quieter refrigerators with more features, rather than have their old appliances repaired.
Considering all these factors, the number of electric appliance servicers and repairers should increase slightly over the next few years.
New appliances are much more distinctive than old ones. Each manufacturer uses specific components and offers special features. As a result, some workshops specialize in the repair of certain products, sometimes well-known brands, while others train their staff on a wide range of products and models. Manufacturers' workshops, generally larger than independent workshops, have the advantage of being able to train their personnel before new appliances are put on the market. Repairers must also have good knowledge of older models.
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Job prospects for this career are rated Fair