Automobile Mechanics


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: East Central, Northern Stateline, Northwest, Southeast, Southern, Southwest, Statewide, Career Cluster
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100251
Automobile Mechanics

Automobile Mechanics - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About 13% of auto mechanics are self-employed.

Major employers:

  • Auto repair shops
  • Auto dealerships
  • Auto supply stores

Outlook

Demand for this occupation will decline over the next few years. The number of cars and trucks on the road is increasing and better designs allow vehicles to be driven for more years leading to increased work for auto mechanics.

However, new technologies are making cars more reliable and less likely to need repair. Electric vehicles require less maintenance and repair than non-electric vehicles. As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, future demand for mechanics may decrease.

Job prospects are best for people with formal training and certifications. Most job openings will be at automobile dealerships and independent repair shops.

Automobile Mechanics (CIS 100251)

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Illinois
30,811
Very large
&
3.9%
5.8%
>>>>
3,005
Very High
  Champaign Area
526
Very large
&
6.8%
7.0%
>>>>
54
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
835
Very large
&
7.9%
5.0%
>>>>
86
Very High
  Cook County
10,505
Very large
&
4.4%
5.6%
>>>>
1,033
Very High
  Decatur Area
363
Very large
&
8.3%
7.0%
>>>>
38
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
1,516
Very large
&
0.9%
9.7%
>>>>
141
Very High
  Du Page County
3,508
Very large
&
4.1%
5.4%
>>>>
343
Very High
  Edwardsville Area
809
Very large
&
6.6%
5.1%
>>>>
81
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
389
Very large
&
1.5%
7.0%
>>>>
37
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
541
Very large
&
8.1%
5.2%
>>>>
56
Very High
  Lake County
1,825
Very large
&
10.0%
8.6%
>>>>
194
Very High
  McHenry County
767
Very large
&
-2.1%
6.8%
>>>>
68
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
604
Very large
&
9.8%
6.8%
>>>>
64
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
912
Very large
&
2.7%
3.6%
>>>>
87
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,836
Very large
&
3.5%
7.3%
>>>>
178
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
598
Very large
&
1.7%
4.3%
>>>>
56
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
621
Very large
&
5.6%
5.7%
>>>>
62
Very High
  Rockford Area
954
Very large
&
4.7%
7.6%
>>>>
94
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
280
Very large
&
1.1%
2.4%
>>>>
26
Very High
  Springfield Area
735
Very large
&
2.0%
4.7%
>>>>
70
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
1,075
Very large
&
1.9%
6.4%
>>>>
102
Very High
  Vermilion County
214
Very large
&
-2.8%
4.9%
>>>>
19
Very High
  Will County
1,545
Very large
&
-1.6%
9.1%
>>>>
138
Very High
United States
756,600
Very large
&
-3.7%
3.7%
>>>>
61,700
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.