As concerns over climate change continue to grow, there has been a sustained effort towards electrification, or the process of replacing technologies that use fossil fuels with those that use electricity for energy. The electrification movement is putting many traditional mechanical occupations at risk, such as auto mechanics—in part because electric vehicles require less maintenance and repair than traditional cars—while also creating new opportunities, particularly in the energy sector: wind turbine service technicians and solar photovoltaic installers have significant growth projections over the next decade. The landscape for mechanically-inclined workers varies by location, however. Researchers calculated the share of mechanically-inclined workers out of all workers, then ranked metros and states accordingly.
Cities With the Most Mechanically-Inclined Workers
Laborers and movers are the most common mechanically inclined occupations
Mechanically inclined occupations in the energy sector have the highest growth projections
Indiana has the highest share of mechanically inclined workers
Small and midsize metros with the most mechanically inclined workers
15. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
14. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
13. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
12. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
11. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
10. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
9. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
8. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
7. Tulsa, OK
6. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
5. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
4. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
3. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
2. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
1. Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI
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