Careers

Motorboat Mechanic

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Repair and adjust the electrical and mechanical equipment of inboard and outboard boat engines
Alternate Title(s): Marine Equipment Mechanic
Salary Range: $18,740 to $44,380+
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Motorboat Mechanics, but areas along the eastern or western seaboard, or near large bodies of water, have the most opportunities
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Motorcycle Mechanic

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Repair and overhaul motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles
Alternate Title(s): Motorcycle Technician
Salary Range: $17,250 to $44,360+
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Motorcycle Mechanics
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Racing School Instructor

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Teach safe motorsports techniques to students of an auto racing school
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $35,000 to $80,000+
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): More than 70 racing schools are located throughout the United States and Canada
Prerequisites:
Education or Training--High school graduate or higher; vocational training helpful
Experience--Professional motorsports experience as a successful race car driver essential

Motorsports Public Relations Specialist

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Serve as advocate for racetrack, motor racing team, car-related business, or nonprofit motorsports associations; create favorable attitudes among various organizations, special interest groups, and the public through effective communication
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $24,240 to $75,100
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Excellent
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country may hire PR specialists for motorsports, but the South has more racing-related jobs in general

Race Car Team Mechanic

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Build, diagnose, and repair race cars; perform preventive care
Alternate Title(s): Race Mechanic
Salary Range: $14,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Any area that has significant motorsport activity, such as Charlotte, N.C., for NASCAR-related races or Indianapolis for IRL
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Race Car Driver

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Drive cars in competitive racing events
Alternate Title(s): Auto Racer
Salary Range: $17,100 to $577,500+
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country with race tracks have job possibilities for experienced Race Car Drivers, although southern areas of the country may have more tracks (NASCAR in North Carolina, for example). Certain types of racing may be predominant in different parts of the country, such as dirt tracks in the Midwest.

Automotive Franchise Tool Dealer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Sell name brand (franchise) tools and equipment directly to shop owners, managers, and service technicians
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $35,000 to $80,000+
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Anywhere throughout the United States may have opportunities for Automotive Franchise Tool Dealers
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—A high school diploma required; formal training in auto repair and/or business subjects helpful

Auto dealership Finance Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Establishes relationships with financing and insurance companies and sells those products to vehicle purchasers
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $29.96 an hour
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have positions
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—Bachelor's degree helpful, preferably with a business major
Experience—Sales, finance, and dealership experience helpful

Auto dealership Marketing Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Develops marketing plans for the dealership, handles day-to-day marketing functions; plans and implements special events and oversees public relations campaigns
Alternate Title(s): Marketing Director
Salary Range: $20.34 to $55.39 an hour
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): Jobs can be found throughout the country
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—Four-year college degree in business administration or marketing preferred