Automobile Mechanic

Up to $35,000

Automotive mechanics, often called (service technicians or service techs) inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they work directly on the vehicles as well to ensure they operate at the highest safety standards.

The number of vehicles in use continues to rise, and more entry-level service technicians will be needed to perform basic maintenance and repair, such as replacing brake pads and changing oil. New technologies, however, such as electric vehicles, may limit future demand for automotive service technicians and mechanics because they will be more reliable and thus require less maintenance and repair.

With some employers reporting difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education, job opportunities for qualified applicants should be very good, whether they obtained their knowledge through education or experience. Of these workers, those who have completed formal postsecondary training programs or achieved ASE certification should enjoy the best job prospects.

Those without formal automotive training, including Registered Apprenticeships, or certification are likely to face strong competition for entry-level jobs.

Originally posted on the Bureau of Labor Statistics