Maintenance Worker Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 1,432,600 Maintenance Workers in the United States. The Maintenance Worker job market is expected to grow by 7.9% between 2016 and 2026.

Maintenance Worker Employability Rating

B- Sokanu rates Maintenance Workers with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 118,100 Maintenance Workers. That number is based on 112,500 additional Maintenance Workers, and the retirement of 5,600 existing Maintenance Workers.

Demand for Maintenance Workers

Job stability and demand are projected to continue for maintenance workers. This is a large occupation that is a mainstay of the general economy. Infrastructure of all kinds – office and apartment buildings; schools; hospitals and care facilities; hotels; retail malls; and factories – requires ongoing maintenance and repair. While buildings are increasingly controlled and monitored by computers, the introduction of automation to the industry will not eliminate the need for care and upkeep by human hands. Over the next decade, many job openings are expected as a result of the need to replace a large number of retirees from the field. Experienced maintenance workers may advance to higher-level positions that often involve managing multiple building sites. These positions typically go to applicants who possess the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation. This globally recognized certification is offered by the International Facility Management Association. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years of work experience to take the CFM exam.

Supply of Maintenance Workers

The Maintenance Worker industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.

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