According to the study done by TechForce Foundation, the industry in the USA will be short approximately 642,000 automotive, diesel, and collision technicians around 2024 if current trends remain.
TechForce Foundation has released it's 2020 Transportation Technician Supply & Demand Report, with it's conclusion that the transportation technician shortage continues to worsen. Updated to prior projections to reflect research from the National Center for Education Statistics and TechForce’s own analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Citing both increasing demand for experienced techs and a declining supply of new techs entering our industry, the conclusion is that the technician shortage is increasing in despite a slight uptick in new post-secondary degrees and certificates for future technicians.
“Although demand is strong, with 642,000 auto/diesel/collision techs needed between 2020 and 2024, the shortage continues to worsen,” said Jennifer Maher, TechForce CEO. “The good news is these careers have been deemed essential by the government, and the transportation industry is organizing to do something about the shortage. TechForce’s campaigns are leveraging the industry’s collective voice to inspire the next generation of technicians and address the root causes of the shortage.”