Maintenance Technician: The Recession-Proof Career

2020 has been a difficult year for many. As a country, we’ve seen record-breaking unemployment rates and a staggering number of small businesses close their doors indefinitely due to COVID-19. These precautions have likely protected thousands of Americans from the coronavirus pandemic; however, many are still facing financial struggles unprecedented in recent history. 

In the aftermath of COVID-19, many people are rethinking their career decisions and next steps. Some people, especially those who do not have fully developed careers, are looking for more “recession-proof” jobs that will help them regain financial security. One such job they should look into is the technical field of maintenance work. 

Careers in HVAC, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and general contractor work are essential throughout economic recessions, natural disasters, and other crisis situations. These careers thrived even during recent recessions, despite closures in most commercial industries. Maintenance technicians are needed at any time where HVAC units, roofing, plumbing, and electricity are essential, which means they can weather the storm of almost any economic downturn. 

This doesn’t mean that maintenance technicians weren’t impacted by the current recession. Those who worked with both commercial and residential clients had fewer calls for preventative services, and when commercial clients closed their doors, they lost valuable revenue. However, emergency plumbing, roofing, and HVAC services were never put out of business. 

Even in difficult times, people will always need these services. And these careers are highly flexible; with these technical skills, you can practice as an independent contractor or with a company. If, for example, you cannot find a maintenance contractor or business that is hiring, you can always start your own business using the skills learned through a technical school or an apprenticeship. 

If you are interested in jumpstarting your maintenance technician career today, visit our blog for more resources. Or, if you are an experienced HVAC, roofing, plumbing, or electrical technician, visit our Careers Page for current job listings. 

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