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Careers in the USA: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Automotive service technicians and mechanics explain to clients the repairs done on their vehicles.

Quick Facts: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

2012 Median Pay
$36,610 per year
$17.60 per hour

Entry-Level Education
High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
Long-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2012
701,100

Job Outlook, 2012-22
9% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
60,400

What Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Do
Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.

Work Environment
Most automotive service technicians and mechanics work in well-ventilated and well-lit repair shops. Although automotive problems often can be identified and fixed with computers, technicians perform many tasks with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.

How to Become an Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic

A high school diploma or the equivalent is typically the minimum requirement to work as an automotive service technician or mechanic. Because automotive technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, some employers prefer automotive service technicians and mechanics who have completed a formal training program in a postsecondary institution. Industry certification usually is required once the person is employed.

Pay
The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $36,610 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.

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