People who love working with their hands all day, problem solving and sometimes working with the general public work well in the automotive industry. Luckily, there are plenty of jobs for car aficionados to choose from; sometimes the biggest challenge is deciding on which career path to focus on. Below are a few jobs that car lovers might enjoy.
People who love working with cars (and sometimes other people) are the perfect candidates to become mechanics. Mechanics generally work regular business hours and can work out of a local garage; some work out of the privacy of their own homes. The average mechanic can make around $36,000 a year to $61,000 a year. They often also receive tips for a job well done.
Anyone who loves working with cars would love to be a truck driver. Truck drivers get to travel around the state or the country, delivering goods and meeting new people. Since truck drivers are out on the road for long stretches of time, they also need to have a solid knowledge of the mechanics of their truck and how to fix their truck should an emergency arise. Some truck drivers can make almost $71,000 a year, plus bonuses. The average truck driver goes through a commercial truck training program, like the kind offered at North Shore Driving School Ltd, to ensure they know the basics of driving and maintaining a large vehicle.
Race Car Mechanic
Race car mechanics are a little like personal mechanics, but instead of repairing and maintaining personal vehicles, they get to work on high-speed race cars all day. Race car technicians can make between $35,000 and $50,000 a year. They keep the race cars maintained between races and make sure the cars are running smoothly before, during and after the race on race day. Race car mechanics are expected to see almost a 10 percent increase in the availability of jobs in this field over the next 10 years.
One of the most creative jobs in the automotive industry is a car engineer. Car engineers get to design new cars for the automotive industry. They can specialize in new technology and safety. Engineers must obtain a higher level of training than mechanics or truck drivers; usually a bachelor’s degree is necessary for engineers. The extra training is worth it, though—most engineers make more than mechanics at $110,000 to $120,000 a year. Their degrees are usually in mechanical engineering or automotive engineering.
If your love of cars is so deep that you would like it to carry over into your career then looking for these type of jobs should be high on your list. Many people turn their love of the automobile a lucrative endeavor.