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Job Description for a Bicycle Technician
A bicycle technician repairs and assembles bikes, usually at a bicycle shop or larger sports equipment store. Other duties of a bicycle technician include performing basic bike maintenance and interacting with customers to understand their needs. The level of certification achieved may affect the types of jobs available to bicycle technicians.
|Education||Certification courses or on-the-job training|
|Job Skills||Mechanical knowledge for repair and maintenance, plus customer service skills|
|Average Salary (2015)*||$27,900|
|Job Outlook (2014-2024)*||22% increase|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Some bicycle technicians learn solely through on-the-job training, but most complete courses that certify them to perform bicycle maintenance and repair. Courses a bicycle technician might take include bicycle repair and service, suspension and tuning, spoked wheel lacing, and bicycle assembly.
Bicycle technicians must have the knowledge and mechanical skills necessary to replace parts, test bikes, fix unusual problems, and more. Bicycle technicians also must have strong customer service skills to be able to diagnose problems based on customers' complaints or concerns and to instruct customers in proper bike maintenance.
Economic Outlook and Salary Information
Bicycle technicians were expected to enjoy increased job opportunities in the coming years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that job growth of 22% was predicted from 2014-2024. Concerns about the environment also may drive up bike sales, affording bicycle technicians more work. Bicycle technicians earn their salaries through commission, hourly wages, or a combination of the two. The BLS estimated that bicycle technicians made an average of $27,900 annually in May 2015.
Alternative Career Options
Other options within this career field include:
Courier and Messenger
On the other end of the bicycle spectrum are those who utilize bicycles to deliver packages and correspondence. No formal education other than a high school diploma is required to become a bike courier or messenger. This profession was expected to experience a 5% rise in employment from 2014-2024, according to the BLS. Couriers and messengers in general earned a median income of $27,280 per year in 2015.
On average, motorcycle mechanics made $36,240 per year, according to May 2015 data. Duties of motorcycle mechanics are similar to those of bicycle technicians, but these mechanics also fix dents and disassemble engines. Postsecondary training is the most common education path. The employment projection from 2014-2024 was 5-8% growth for this job.