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Auto Body Careers

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Automobiles of the future will be even more complex than those being manufactured today. These vehicles will require body repair techniques that only a highly skilled automotive body technician can provide.

Individuals employed in automotive collision, repair and refinishing face constant challenge and variety. Skilled auto body repairers and refinishers are needed in automobile repair shops, by trucking companies and bus lines, and by federal, state and local governments.

The Auto Body program also provides an opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills and to increase general knowledge.

Related careers and job titles include:

  • Aircraft body repairer
  • Auto body repairer
  • Auto body technician 
  • Auto damage appraiser
  • Automotive developer and designer
  • Automotive painter
  • Body repair technician
  • Claims adjuster or examiner
  • Collision repair technician
  • Frame technician
  • Glazier (glass repairer)
  • Industrial painter
  • Insurance adjuster
  • OEM and after-market parts salesman
  • Painter and illustrator
  • Refinish technician
  • Shop owner
  • Vehicle body builder
  • Welder and metal worker

According to America’s Career Infonet, related career paths have the following projected growth and salary potential in Texas:

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2016
Automotive body repairers $17.11 $35,600 +11%
Glaziers (glass repairers) $15.01 $31,200 +21%
Insurance adjusters and examiners $26.89 $55,900 +18%

America’s Career Infonet offers information on job descriptions, skills, working conditions and salaries for: