|Quick Facts: General Maintenance and Repair Workers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$34,730 per year
$16.70 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||1,289,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||11% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||142,000|
General maintenance and repair workers maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.
General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day. They could work at any number of locations, both indoor and outdoor. They may work inside a single building, such as a hotel or hospital, or be responsible for the maintenance of many buildings, such as those in an apartment complex or college campus.
Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.
The median annual wage of general maintenance and repair workers was $34,730 in May 2010.
Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from new building and real estate construction.
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