Employment of small engine mechanics is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary be specialty.
Employment of motorcycle mechanics is expected to grow 24 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. The number of registered motorcycles has increased steadily in recent years, leading to corresponding greater demand for motorcycle repair services. This trend is expected to continue, leading to new job opportunities for motorcycle mechanics. Most new jobs will continue to be in the motorcycle dealer industry, as service operations are an important aspect of business for many firms in this industry.
Employment of motorboat mechanics is expected to grow 21 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Although the retail boat industry, the primary employer of motorboat mechanics, has consolidated in recent years, demand for repair services is expected to rise as boat engines become increasingly sophisticated.
Employment of outdoor power equipment mechanics is expected to grow 19 percent, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for repair services is expected to rise as outdoor power equipment becomes more complex. Most new jobs are projected in the industries that are related to lawn and garden care, in which small engine equipment is frequently used and regular servicing of that equipment is required.
Job opportunities are expected to be very good for candidates with formal training. Those without formal training can expect to face strong competition for jobs.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition