What Is A Handyman? [Roles, Skills, Job Outlook, & Requirements]

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Repairs or upgrades might be required at a point in every home. This is where a handyman comes into play, but what is a handyman, and what does he/she do?

A handyman is a versatile and skilled person who can perform various repair and maintenance tasks. Handymen are an excellent resource for anyone looking to get work done around the house quickly and efficiently. They commonly service residential addresses but can be called upon to work on commercial properties or industrial sites.

This article discusses handymen, what they do, how much they earn, the job growth trend, and how to become one. Read on to learn more.

What is a handyman?

A handyman is otherwise known as a jack of all trades. A person who deals with standard repairs, upgrades, maintenance, and other minor jobs in a home. Handymen can choose to work on their own or under a business with a lot of maintenance needs.

As the name implies, a handyman does not necessarily have to be a man. Women can also be in this field, but most will likely want to be called repair workers instead. Handymen often specialized in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc. However, they all share a standard set of skills: quickly evaluating a situation and developing the best possible solution.

What does a handyman do?

A handyman is responsible for the following;

1. Drywall repair

All handymen know how to perform basic drywall repairs. They can make your home look as good as new before they leave. This includes; knob repair, repairing leaks in the walls, replacing insulation, etc.

2. Minor plumbing

There are minor plumbing issues that a handyman himself/herself can handle adequately. This includes stopping leaks, fixing a clogged pipe, or other minor heater repairs. However, if the plumbing issue is severe, you might need the service of a professional plumber.

3. Minor electrical work

Depending on the nature of the electrical work, a handyman can serve you better. For example, if you need to change the light in your house or install a new TV, a handyman should do it. That said, if the electrical work is complex or highly dangerous, you will need a licensed electrician rather.

4. Household carpentry

Yes, they can also handle small-time carpentry jobs. For example, repairing or replacing window trims, installing cabinets, replacing or repairing wall trims, etc.

5. Painting

Handymen are also helpful for painting not just pieces of furniture but also buildings. Let’s say you are moving from one apartment to another and want a room repainted; a handyman can handle things. Even if, for any reason, any of your furniture was broken during the move, he/she can fix and repaint the furniture.

6. General maintenance

A handyman can also help with general maintenance. This includes having your garden mowed daily, fixing leaky taps, fixing a leaky roof, or even fixing squeaky doors.

Handymen earnings and job outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau For Labor Statistics, handymen (general maintenance and repair workers) earn $43,180 annually and $20.76 per hour. They further stated that handymen’s job outlook is expected to increase by 5% between 2021 – 2031.

How to become a handyman – The job requirements

Education: A high school diploma or GED is often the minimum requirement. That said, some employees require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in construction or a related field.

Training & Experience: Many maintenance and repair workers learn while on the job. Workers gain the required experience by working under the supervision of another handyman.

Certifications: Some states also require handymen to possess a license of operation or a certificate of work. I recommend getting one because a license shows you are a professional. You can also find helpful information on the United Handyman Association’s website.

Handymen skills

Basic construction skills: This includes understanding how to use tools and materials for building and repairing structures. This also includes knowing how to read blueprints, operate machinery, and use power tools.

Electrical skills: Handymen use this skill for electrical repairs and installations. It can also help troubleshoot electrical issues and identify potential hazards.

Mechanical skills: Just as construction skills, mechanical skills are also necessary. Handymen must be able to understand how things work in order to be able to fix or repair mechanical appliances.

Problem-solving skills: As a handyman, you must possess good problem-solving skills. One of their main objectives is to identify a problem and develop the best possible solution.

Attention to detail: Even though they are not professionals, they handle dangerous jobs. They must be able to pay attention to details as any mistake can be detrimental to their career and sometimes may lead to death.


What is a handyman’s work environment?

A handyman can work in private homes, apartments, offices, or factories. Although most of their work is performed indoors, some may be required to work outdoors.

Can you be a handyman without experience?

Yes, you can. However, you may be required to gather the experience while on the job or work under an experienced handyman.

Wrapping up

A handyman is a person who has vast abilities in various fields and can handle different types of repairs. Their major responsibilities are to fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. 

They can also paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning & heating systems. They are otherwise known to be the jack of all trades. This article details what they do and the requirements and skills needed to become one.

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