Careers

Auto Recycler

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Recycle quality auto parts and provide expert dismantling to ensure complete customer satisfaction
Alternate Title(s): Auto Salvage Expert
Salary Range: $20,800 to $41,600+
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country can provide opportunities for auto recycling positions
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Vocational-Technical School Instructor

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Provide instruction to secondary and postsecondary students for all types of automotive-related jobs, such as auto mechanic, auto upholsterer, welder, auto body repairer, or customizer
Alternate Title(s): Vocational-Technical Teacher
Salary Range: $24,960 to $68,530+
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Excellent

Driving Instructor

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Teaches practical and theoretical driving skills to clients
Alternate Title(s): Driver Trainer, Driver Education Teacher
Salary Range: $9 to $15 an hour
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations have opportunities for Driving Instructors
Prerequisites:
Education or Training--High school education; some states require college degree
Experience--Driving and teaching experience helpful

Automotive Museum Director

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Formulate policies, plan budgets, and raise funds for the automotive museum
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $50,000 to $83,750+
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for experienced Automotive
Museum Directors
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Automotive Writer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Write automotive-related articles for newspapers or magazines, work in automotive-related public relations, or write automotive-related books
Alternate Title(s): Motorsports Writer
Salary Range: $17,620 to $80,000+ a year
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Excellent
Best Geographical Location(s): Detroit, California, and the southern states are among the best areas where a concentration of automotive industries and racetracks are located
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Auto Service Station Attendant

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Perform duties at gas stations as requested by customers and diagnose and repair cars; perform state inspections and vehicle emissions tests; maintain and perform preventive care
Alternate Title(s): Gas Station Attendant
Salary Range: $6.26 to $12.06 per hour
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for Auto Service Station Attendants
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Auto Service Station Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Supervises the overall operation of auto service stations
Alternate Title(s): Gas Station Manager
Salary Range: $19,580 to $60,000+
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country can provide good locations for service stations
Prerequisites:
Education or Training--High school diploma with courses in automobile mechanics, marketing education, mathematics, business education, and computer applications

Auto Damage Claims Adjuster

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Investigate claims, negotiate settlements, and authorize payments
Alternative Title(s): None
Salary Range: $26,680 to $71,350+
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country have good opportunities for Auto Damage Claims Adjusters
Prerequisites:
Education or Training--Four-year college degree
Experience--A business or an accounting background helpful

Auto Damage Appraiser

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Appraises car damage to determine cost of repair for insurance claim settlement; tries to secure agreement with car repair shop on costs
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $27,410 to $60,470+
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country have good opportunities for Auto Damage Appraisers
Prerequisites:
Education or Training--Four year college degree or equivalent experience and industry coursework preferred