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As a car lover, you don’t just love to drive—you’re passionate about the craftsmanship of cars and are curious about the engineering that goes in to each vehicle. Well, your love for cars doesn’t have to end in your garage. Auto jobs can put you on the fast track to a great career.
According to Statista, 79 million automobiles are expected to be sold around the world by the end of 2019, and skilled workers will need to care for all those cars. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were an estimated estimated 770,100 auto technicians and mechanics employed as of 2018. More than half (58.7%) of them were required to have at least a high school diploma, and more than three-quarters (76.7%) were required to have on-the-job training.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale, Monster found 10 car jobs that can help you shift your career into high gear.
Auto body technician
What you’d do: Love rolling up your sleeves and tinkering with your car? You might be the perfect fit for a career as an auto body technician, where you’d be responsible for safely and efficiently fixing customers’ cars, whether it’s repairing car frames, suspensions, wheel alignments, or otherwise.
What you’d need: There’s no bachelor’s degree for auto body technicians, but employers do prefer to hire people with an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, or a similar degree. View this sample resume for an auto mechanic.
What you’d make: $39,550 per year
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What you’d do: There are many considerations when designing and building cars—safety, style, fuel efficiency—the list goes on and on. Automotive engineers design new cars and seek to improve current models. Along the way, they’re given many different challenges, depending on the manufacturer’s needs (for example, designing a car that you’ll be able to drive fast and meet fuel efficiency requirements).
What you’d need: Automotive engineer applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field—mechanical engineering, for example. STEM skills are important to have, as well as problem-solving and analytical skills
What you’d make: $85,880 per year
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Auto sales manager
What you’d do: Auto sales managers are the proverbial drivers who keep car dealerships in motion. From forecasting to managing a sales team and maintaining inventory levels, you’d oversee many moving parts, while also helping customers choose the perfect vehicle and sign on the dotted line.
What you’d need: Typically a bachelor’s degree in management or business is helpful in landing a job, plus a few years of experience in sales and/or management. View this sample resume for a sales manager.
What you’d make: $79,377 per year
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What you’d do: Working in a classroom/shop environment, automotive instructors teach students (high school or college, usually) about topics like engine repair, transportation,