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Career Outlook: Automotive Technician

America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for automotive service technicians and mechanics.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), formal automotive technician training is the best preparation for these challenging, technology-based jobs:

“Opportunities should be very good for automotive service technicians and mechanics with diagnostic and problem-solving skills, knowledge of electronics and mathematics, and mechanical aptitude. ... Most training authorities strongly recommend that [people] seeking automotive service technician and mechanic jobs complete a training program in high school, or in a postsecondary vocational school or community college.”

Salaries and Potential Job Growth

Automotive technicians continue to be in demand in an occupation that provides portable skills and the advantage that the industry cannot be outsourced overseas. According to America’s Career Infonet, median annual salaries in Texas are $35,300, with experienced technicians earning up to $60,000 a year. Job openings for service technicians and mechanics in Texas are projected to increase 13 percent through 2016, much higher than the anticipated national average growth rate of 5 percent.

Technician pay and benefits vary by market area and from dealership to dealership. Many dealerships offer health insurance, 401(k) plans and other benefits. The majority of automotive technicians work in automotive repair in maintenance shops, automobile dealers, and retailers and wholesalers of automotive parts, accessories and supplies. Other employment may be available in gas stations; home and auto supply stores; automotive equipment rental and leasing companies; federal, state and local governments; and other organizations.

More than 16 percent of service technicians are self-employed, more than twice the proportion for all installation, maintenance and repair occupations. Most people who enter the occupation can expect steady work, even through downturns in the economy.