Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.
Elevator installers and repairers often work in cramped quarters inside crawl spaces and machine rooms, and may be exposed to heights in elevator shafts. Repairers may be required to work overtime when essential equipment needs repair and are sometimes on call 24 hours a day.
How to Become an Elevator Installer and Repairer
Nearly all elevator installers and repairers learn through an apprenticeship. Currently, 35 states require workers to be licensed.
Employment of elevator installers and repairers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. New installation and maintenance of elevators and escalators in stores and residential and commercial buildings is expected to spur demand for workers.
Job Trends for Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers
This occupation supported 19,700 jobs in 2012 and 20,700 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 5.1%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 24.4% in 2022 to 24,500 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 20,600, compared with an observed value of 20,700, 0.5% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 13.7% in 2024 to 23,400 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 25,400 jobs for 2024, 8.5% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.