If you're a handyman, you might be interested in finding employment maintenance careers. General maintenance jobs include repairing equipment and machines and performing maintenance for buildings. You'll need to be mechanically inclined for this type of work because often you'll be called upon to fix electrical systems including heating and air-conditioning systems. However, maintenance people are jacks of all trades, required to be able to repair plumbing and do light carpentry work, too.
When searching for careers in maintenance, it's not likely that you'll be required to have education beyond a high school diploma. It can improve your chances of landing maintenance jobs if you've attended vocation or trade schools, but experience can go just as far as these types of postsecondary education when it comes to maintenance careers. Most maintenance workers have on the job training, having picked up skills while working maintenance jobs.
Maintenance Job Market
Things are always breaking, maybe that's why the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 1, 325, 000 maintenance and repair jobs in 2012. Growth in maintenance careers is expected to be about average, though, increasing only about nine percent by 2022. Most maintenance jobs are real estate related, so stability and growth in the maintenance industry is largely tied to how well real estate is doing. Additionally, retiring maintenance people leaving the workforce is expected to provide further job openings.
For a job that doesn't require postsecondary schooling, maintenance jobs pay pretty well. The average salary for a maintenance worker is around $35, 200. Depending on where you work, what the market is like and how much experience you have, the lowest amount you could expect to earn would be only $20, 920. On the bright side, though, experience, some trade school under your belt and a thriving real estate market could mean a salary of more than $57, 260 annually.