Employment of stationary engineers and boiler operators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.
Employment growth will be driven by continuing commercial and industrial development. New development and construction will increase the number of buildings with stationary engines and boiler systems that will need to be operated and maintained.
Although employment is spread across many industries, it is concentrated in those that require large commercial and industrial buildings. As a result, most employment gains will come from growth in these industries.
Faster employment growth is expected in educational services and hospitals as more buildings are built to accommodate a growing population in need of such services. Stationary engineers and boiler operators are especially important in buildings that operate around the clock and need precise temperature control, such as hospitals.
Fewer jobs will be added in manufacturing and government as employment slows or declines in these sectors.
Job opportunities should be best for those with apprenticeship training. Stationary engineer and boiler operator positions are relatively high paying, and engineering staffs are typically small.
Although apprenticeship programs have a competitive application process, they are the most reliable path into the occupation. In addition, workers who are licensed before they look for work will have better job opportunities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition