You might be surprised by how many different careers for car lovers there are in the automotive industry. There are people who love cars. And there are people who eat, breathe and sleep cars, with an enthusiasm that rivals a five-year old’s excitement on Christmas morning. If you belong to the second group, you probably even fantasize about a career that allows you to immerse yourself in your favorite thing! You know, an actual career that is all things automotive. But there’s more than one path to a car lover’s dream job. If you’re contemplating a future and can’t imagine it NOT being all about cars, check out our top five careers making dreams come true for car lovers everywhere.
Top 5 Careers for Car Lovers:
- Auto Body Technician– If you’re a car enthusiast, you understand why keeping your baby looking sharp is a big deal. Auto body technicians are the magicians who repair the body of a car after an unfortunate encounter with another vehicle, a tree branch, a shopping cart. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry is predicted to grow by another 4% by 2028.
- Automotive Engineer – If you’re more than just mechanically inclined and want to be on the cutting edge of actually designing new cars and improving existing models – this might be for you. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a related field, like mechanical engineering and strong analytical skills. But Automotive Engineers command a whopping median pay of over $87K and expect to add nearly 13,000 additional jobs by 2028.
- Automotive Sales –It’s been said that the more you love something, the easier it is to sell it. So, if cars are your passion, selling them could very well pay the bills and then some! Not every dealership requires a bachelor’s degree, a business degree, or sales experience. Average salary – $79,377. And considering 79 million cars are projected to be sold by the end of the year, let’s just say your skills will be in high demand!
- Automotive / Diesel Technician – And on that note of 79 million cars sold – it stands to reason, qualified technicians to service and repair those vehicles are going to remain pretty important. With an average salary of over $40K, it’s an excellent option for someone who can’t get enough of tinkering under the hood. Even better, most training programs are much shorter than a traditional four-year university path, putting you on the road to earning faster and with less debt!
- Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Drivers – If you love driving and aren’t necessarily cut out for Formula One, truck driving might be a good option. It’s an on the road lifestyle that not everyone is suited for, but if you are – it’s a career path that pays well ($43,680 average salary), and the training is less costly and quicker than most. It doesn’t hurt that the industry projects adding almost 100K new jobs by 2028. Not surprising when you consider that trucking – is how most of our domestic goods, get where they’re going.
There are a whole lot more than five options to choose from if you’re thinking about a career in the world of cars. With automotive technology rapidly expanding – that list is likely to keep growing. If you’ve already got your eye on the world of automotive and diesel technology, check out the programs at J-Tech Institute. With a 168,000 square foot training facility in Jacksonville, FL, J-Tech is keeping the world moving by training the next generation of automotive and diesel technicians. But that’s not all. If you’re looking for an over the road truck driving program, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to learn more about all of our programs and get started on driving your future forward!