The future of car audio installers has been predicted by none other than the US Dept of Labor.
Its Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of car audio installers/automotive electricians will fall by 50 percent between 2014 and 2024, making it one of the fastest declining professions.
In fact, car audio installers/auto techs are second in decline only to “locomotive firers.”
The Bureau refers to installers/techs as “Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.” It’s definition is those who “Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.” It sites examples as “Automotive Electrician, Car Alarm Installer, Car Stereo Installer, GPS Car Navigation Installer.”
The rate of decline in this profession is higher than telephone operators, which will decline at a rate of 42 percent and postal mail sorters, which will decline by about 34 percent.
You can see the full chart here.
The number of installers/techs will drop from 11,500 in 2014 to 5,800 in 2024, the Bureau predicts. It lists the average salary for the profession in 2015 at $31,360.
The Fed bases its estimates on industry output, industry employment, employment openings, the labor force and the economy as defined here.
JL Audio’s Manville Smith said, “There are two ways of looking at it. The doom and gloom view is that many of us will be looking for other work soon. The positive approach is to identify and adapt to what the marketplace is asking for. It’s not unlike what big retailers are facing. Sears and JC Penney have failed to adapt, but there are others, like Nordstrom’s, that are doing much better because they have adjusted to the market effectively. So, in car audio…we have to look for every opportunity where people want to put audio in their moving machines: boat, motorcycle, UTV or car, and we have to offer customers a great experience and a great result. The industry is changing, for sure, and those that adapt well will be very successful.”