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Automotive Jobs

Automotive jobs range from auto mechanics to auto salespersons to auto manufacturing to chauffeur, taxi and other professional drivers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 750,000 auto mechanic jobs in the United States and more than 1.3 million auto sales jobs.

Different Types of Automotive Jobs

A myriad of jobs involve cars and other vehicles. Just a few are:

  • Auto mechanic: Auto mechanics are needed in virtually every city and town in the United States. With these skills, you can work for an established shop or start your own car repair business.
  • Car salesperson: Salespeople are always needed at the more than 18,000 dealerships in the United States.
  • Taxi driver or chauffeur: Big cities, such as New York City, Boston and San Francisco, are major markets for taxi drivers and chauffeurs.
  • Auto manufacturing: Auto production jobs still account for more than 960,000 jobs in the United States. Most of these come with a full benefit package.
  • Freelance driver: The advent of Uber and Lyft has made it possible for individuals to earn money driving without a huge initial outlay.

Qualifications for Automotive Jobs

Most automotive jobs require only a high school diploma or its equivalent. Some positions, such as auto mechanic, require specialized training. All require good communication and math skills.driving jobs, a commercial drivers license is also required.

Compensation for Automotive Jobs

Compensation and benefits vary widely depending on the type of automotive job you take. The average annual salary for a full-time auto mechanic is $39,550 and the average annual salary for a full-time taxi driver or chauffeur is $24,880. Both of these figures depend on the region of the country, the employees experience and the size of the business.

Automotive jobs are as diverse as the number of models of cars on the road today. If you enjoy working with cars and a work environment that's challenging and ever-changing, one of these jobs might just be the right fit for you.

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