By Lauren Fix, The Car Coach
The terms “mechanic” and “wrench” are long gone. The terms used now are “auto repair technician” and “certified technician.” The title change reflects the fundamental transformation underway in the entire automotive industry.
The complexity of today’s vehicles, electric cars, and hybrid technologies have created a huge demand for skilled and experienced experts, and you don’t need a 4-year degree.
If you seek a good-paying job or know someone who is, these 3 minutes will be worth your time. As auto repair goes high tech, top technicians can earn over $100K a year.
For at least the last decade — dealers and repair shops have been in great need of skilled technicians.
The average car in 2010 had about 10 million lines of code, which has now increased tenfold and beyond. By 2030, the average vehicle will have about 300 million lines of code, and recommended manufacturers beef up the software and electronics training of service technicians.
How do you get training or know this is a good field for you? Many places offer in-person and web-based training. A technician requires general mechanical ability, good at diagnosing issues, computer skills, problem-solving, and people skills.
What are the average salaries and where can you get a job? Entry-level salaries average $31,300; Master-ASE technicians average $77,400. Further up the ladder, a parts manager’s salary averages $98,600, a service manager is $120,400, and a fixed operations director, who oversees service, parts, and body shop, is around $191,000.
Sales, marketing, and management jobs need to be filled at all levels. I’ve worked in all aspects of the auto industry my entire life and highly recommend taking a job in automotive.
Here’s the bottom line?
There is a smarter and simpler way to find an automotive job, whether you have one now or looking for a change.
Check out USA Motor Jobs. All you need is a phone, tablet or computer. It’s easy to add your history and answer a few questions. There are many jobs available immediately all across the USA. The information on its website is in English, Spanish and French. Check out http://www.usamotorjobs.com today!
Did you also know that to advance your education in automotive there are scholarships through many groups, including TechForce.org, the Piston Foundation, and the many other technical schools.
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, analyst, author, and television host. A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and aspects, energy, industry, consumer news, and safety issues.
Lauren is the CEO of Automotive Aspects and the Editor-in-Chief of Car Coach Reports, a global automotive news outlet. She is an automotive contributor to national and local television news shows, including Fox News, Fox Business, CNN International, The Weather Channel, Inside Edition, Local Now News, Community Digital News, and more. Lauren also co-hosts a regular show on ABC.com with Paul Brian called “His Turn – Her Turn” and hosts regular radio segments on USA Radio – DayBreak.
Lauren is honored to be inducted into the Women’s Transportation Hall of Fame and a Board Member of the Buffalo Motorcar Museum, and Juror / President for the North American Car, Utility & Truck of the Year Awards.
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