Employment Potential Automotive Service Technician
Are you interested in making a career in the Automotive Repair and Service industry? A deep interest and enjoyment in studying and working on cars is a good initial indicator that this may be a career for you. Mr. Chesire has found great satisfaction and reward in repairing and servicing vehicles. Much has changed, however, in the past two decades in both technology and skills needed to successfully service and repair today’s modern vehicles. Although mechanical aptitude remains a requirement, electrical/electronic skills now stand alongside as a must for a technician to succeed long term in the industry. If you have dedication, patience and a belief that learning never ends, then a career repairing and servicing vehicles can provide you lifelong satisfaction and a steady upward income.
The federal government and state of Colorado have extensively researched the automotive service technician occupation. Information regarding the field, including median pay, educational requirements, job outlook, etc. is quickly summarized below. More extensive information on these and related automotive service technician subjects can be found at:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Under "Occupation Information", enter in “Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics”
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics: Quick Facts
Median Pay Nationally (2018): $37,120 per year; $17.84 per hour
The table below shows the estimated Employment Wage Statistics for individuals in Colorado Springs Metro Service Area employed as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in 2018.
Source: Career One Stop, U.S. Dept of Labor Updated: July 2019
On-the-Job Training: Typical. Short-term, but continual learning required.
Jobs Nationally, 2014: 739,900
Job Outlook; 2014-2024: 5% (As fast as average for all occupations); 39,100 increase in jobs
Typical Entry-Level Education: 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, employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a formal education program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.
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 technicians often identify and fix automotive problems with computers, they commonly work with greasy parts and tools, sometimes in uncomfortable positions.