Careers

Body Repair Technician

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Repair and straighten bent car bodies, remove dents, and replace crumpled parts that cannot be repaired
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $8.83 to $27.54 per hour
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Body Repair Technicians
Prerequisites: Education or Training—High school diploma with on the job training
Experience—Experience in basic car repair helpful

Automotive Glass Installer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Remove and repair broken, cracked, or pitted windshields and window glass
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $8.03 to $20.55 per hour
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Automotive Glass Installer/Repairers
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—High school or postsecondary vocational school automotive service technician training program

Shop Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Supervise and train other automotive technicians
Alternate Title(s): Shop Supervisor
Salary Range: $18,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Shop Managers
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—High school diploma required; technical college, community college, or manufacturer supported training program education helpful

Service Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Oversee the entire service department and be responsible for the department's reputation, efficiency, and profitability
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $18 to $28 per hour
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Excellent
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Service Managers
Prerequisites:

Service Adviser

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Handle the administrative and customer relations part of the service department
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $17.96 to $21.66 per hour
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Service Advisers
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—High school diploma required; technical college, community college, or manufacturer supported training program education helpful

Transmission Technician

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Work on gear trains, couplings, hydraulic pumps, and other transmission parts
Alternate Title(s): Transmission Mechanic
Salary Range: $14,000 to $40,000
Employment Prospects: Very good
Advancement Prospects: Very good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced technicians
Prerequisites:

Parts Specialist

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Supply car parts to technicians and repairers and sell replacement parts and accessories to the public
Alternate Title(s): Parts Salesperson, Parts Technician
Salary Range: $7.36 to $20.80 per hour
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Parts Specialists
Prerequisites:

Parts Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Responsible for operating a retail operation including staffing, scheduling, training and supervising staff, merchandising and inventory management, with customer service
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $13.23 to $28.23 per hour
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced Parts Managers
Prerequisites:

Automotive Technician

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Diagnose and repair cars; perform state inspections and vehicle emissions tests; maintain and perform preventive care
Alternate Title(s): Mechanic
Salary Range: $25,018 to $70,000+
Employment Prospects: Very good
Advancement Prospects: Very good
Best Geographical Location(s): All locations throughout the country have job possibilities for well-trained, experienced technicians
Prerequisites:

Auto Company Executive

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Establishes price, size and weight, fuel economy, and safety and pollution control features of new cars
Alternate Title(s): Vice Chair; Chairman of the Board of Management; Chairman/CEO, Executive Vice President; Vice President
Salary Range: $83,200 to $204,970+
Employment Prospects: Fair
Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Opportunities are greatest in those areas where auto manufacturing industries are located, such as Michigan
Prerequisites: