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With an economy in flux and many major businesses shrinking the size of their workforce, a career as a commercial laundry equipment technician offers an appealing amount of security. Laundromats and commercial laundry are stable businesses due to society’s daily laundry needs which remain constant regardless of the state of the economy. So there is steady demand for the technicians that serve these sectors. Read more to learn why commercial laundry equipment technician is one of the best jobs during a recession.

What Makes a Job Recession-Resistant?

Jobs that are important to the overall functioning of a community are less likely to face fluctuations based on the state of the economy. These jobs may meet one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Addresses a universal need (healthcare, education, utility)
  • Provides essential services (childcare, paramedic, social work)
  • Provides daily services (public transportation, mechanics, electricians)
  • Supports stable businesses that meet the above standards

Why Is Laundry Equipment Technician a Reliable Job?

While the need for new washers and dryers may slow during an economic downturn, the duties of a commercial laundry equipment technician are not limited to installing new equipment. The demand for preventative maintenance and emergency repairs—key components of a technician’s job description—persists. Of course, it’s the stable nature of the businesses technicians serve that results in the reliability of the position. Consider each sector to understand how a commercial laundry equipment technician’s job can stay steady during a recession.

  • Laundromats: Even in a recession, people need clean laundry. Typically targeted toward low-income communities, laundromats may thrive during economic downturns as people look to save money on utilities by doing laundry outside of their residences, or save time when stretched thin by cleaning multiple loads of laundry at once. Increased use results in a greater need for service and repairs, so skilled technicians stay in demand, even when the economy slows.
  • On-Premise Laundry (OPL): Some industries that utilize on-premise laundry, such as hospitality, may see a slowing of business when recession is on the horizon. But others remain stable even when the economy is at its worst: Hospitals, correctional facilities, and other essential businesses still require clean linens, and the associated equipment will still require service by skilled commercial laundry technicians.
  • Commercial Laundry: Large institutions such as hospitals that outsource linen laundering to commercial centers will still have the same needs during a recession. Even still, some businesses who traditionally choose OPL may temporarily switch to a commercial laundry service in lieu of retaining staff or repairing or investing in new on-premise equipment. The consistent nature of demand for commercial laundry services leads to job security for skilled technicians.

Essential laundry businesses and coin laundromats cannot operate without properly functioning machinery. From preventative maintenance to emergency service and repairs, the day-to-day responsibilities of a commercial laundry technician contribute to job security even in the event of a recession. Learn more about joining the team at Western State Design as a commercial laundry equipment technician today.