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Weekly Career Profile: Elevator Mechanics

By November 28, 2012

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"So, what is it like being an elevator mechanic?," you ask. It has its ups and downs. Ba-Dum-Bum. Sorry, I couldn't resist. There's some truth to that punchline though. This occupation pays well. With a median annual salary of $75,060, it pays more than most careers with the same required level of education—a high school diploma or it's equivalent. The job outlook for this occupation is so-so however. Elevator mechanics can expect to see only about an 11% increase in jobs through 2020, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).

Elevator operators install, maintain or repair equipment that moves things and people including elevators, escalators, dumb waiters and moving walkways. They sometimes go by job titles like elevator installer, repairer or constructor.

If you want to work in this occupation, you must complete a four year apprenticeship after graduating from high school or passing your GED. During that time you will learn electrical and electronic theory, applied physics and mathematics. You will also learn about safety and how to read blueprints.

Find out more about this occupation. Read Elevator Mechanic: Career Information. Get a job description and additional details about training and other requirements. If you are seriously considering entering this field, plan to do an informational interview with someone who works in it. If you don't know anyone, perhaps someone in your network does.

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