Job prospects Automotive Service Technician - Steering, Suspension And Brakes in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321) are fair in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an automotive service technician - steering, suspension and brakes.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

automotive service technician - steering, suspension and brakes
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of a few positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

Conditions for automotive service technicians seeking work are mixed despite high rates of turnover, a large number of vacancies expected over the next few years, and a relatively small supply of college graduates. Specifically, there is a need for highly- skilled service technicians with Red Seal certification and experience working with more technologically- advanced features common on newer vehicles. Some consolidation has been occurring among dealerships and the industry is expected to see further changes in the years ahead as vehicle technologies evolve. Some larger dealerships provide their own training to ensure an available workforce with the right skills.

Here are some key facts about Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 3,800 people work in this occupation.
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Repair and maintenance (NAICS 811): 48%
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 27%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 78% of automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 13% of automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Fair Fair
    Cape Breton Region Fair Fair
    Halifax Region Fair Fair
    North Shore Region Fair Fair
    Southern Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

    You can also look at this data on a map. Go to LMI Explore

    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers (NOC 7321) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

    Learn more

Labour Market Information Survey
Date modified: