Do you like solving problems, fixing things, and figuring out how things work? A career in the automotive industry could be the right fit for you. From oil changes and tire rotations to engine repair and bodywork, careers in the automotive industry allow you to use your talents for fixing, building, and problem-solving to help keep customers moving. This career path can lead to jobs where you’re supervising technicians or managing a shop.
The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a career in the automotive industry. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.
Philip Davison- Automotive Technician for Audi of Creve Coeur
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Entry level occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing an automotive career, consider the following roles.
Automotive Technician: (SOC: 49-3021)
Vehicle Mechanic: (SOC: 49-3023.01)
Oil Change Technician: (SOC: 49-3023.02)
Tire Technician: (SOC: 49-3093.00)
RYEC ENDORSED PROGRAMS:
Saint Louis Community College- Automotive Technology Certificate
St. Louis Community College offers both degree and certificate options that will prepare you for initial employment in the automotive industry at beginning managerial levels. The program includes courses in humanities, science, management, accounting, communications, as well as specific automotive courses. Laboratory work and field trips supplement classroom instruction. Click here for a full listing of St. Louis Community College Automotive Programs.
It’s important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your career in the automotive industry. The recommended RYEC endorsed programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.
Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)
Top Regional Employers:
Source: MERIC: The top five employers for the 6-month period of Aug. 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019, making up nearly one-third (31%) of total job postings.
Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available:
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