Industry Spotlight: Automotive

Industry Summary

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.

Video Feature

Philip Davison- Automotive Technician for Audi of Creve Coeur

This video is provided in partnership with Nine Network’s American Graduate Initiative

Entry-Level Occupations

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)

  • Entry Salary: $29,290
  • Median Salary: $45,300
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 380

Vehicle Mechanic: (SOC: 49-3023.01)

  • Entry Salary: $26,540
  • Median Salary: $45,210
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 1,760

Oil Change Technician: (SOC: 49-3023.02)

  • Entry Salary: $26,540
  • Median Salary: $45,210
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 1,760

Tire Technician: (SOC: 49-3093.00)

  • Entry Salary: $19,170
  • Median Salary: $26,220
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 390
There are training programs in the St. Louis Region for all of these roles. 

Training Programs

RYEC ENDORSED PROGRAMS:

Ranken Technical College:

Ranken has a variety of high quality programs that can propel your career in the automotive industry. Click here for a full listing of the programs offered at Ranken.

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. 

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Next Steps

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)

  • Maintenance Technician Supervisor
  • Auto Collision Repair Shop Owner
  • Auto Sales Manager
  • Auto Collision Repair Instructor
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Diesel Technology Engineer

Top Regional Employers: 

  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • AutoTire Car Care Centers
  • Firestone Complete Auto Care
  • Bridgestone Americas

               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.

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Current High School Students

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: 

If you live or attend school in North St. Louis County- click here

If you live or attend school in South St. Louis County- click here

If you live in St. Louis City- click here

If you live in St. Charles County- click here

If you live in Jefferson County- click here

If you live in Collinsville, Illinois- click here

If you live in East St. Louis- click here