Automation may have made elevator operators obsolete, but things are looking up for those who install and repair elevators.
The US Bureau of Labor statistics expects employment for technicians who install and fix lifts to grow by 13% between 2014 and 2024, about double the average growth rate for all US jobs.
According to the BLS, there are currently 22,240 such workers in the US. Market-research firm IBIS World pegs total US employment in the elevator, escalator, and conveyer sector at 107,269, up 11% from a low of 96,809 in 2010.
Elevator technicians earn an average of $77,000 a year, 55% more than the national average salary, and the highest average salary in the construction field. The position usually only requires a high school diploma, as most of the craft is taught through apprenticeships.
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