Fast Facts about a Career in Automotive Maintenance

  • The average annual salary for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics is about $36,610 

  • Jobs for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics is expected to grow by 9% from 2012 to 2022

  • Opportunities in the automotive industry should be plentiful in vehicle maintenance and repair occupations, especially for employees with formal automotive service technician training

  • Most persons entering employment in the automotive industry can expect steady work even through downturns in the economy

  • Employers report that they are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education for jobs they have available

  • Postsecondary Automotive Technician training is the best preparation for these challenging technology-based jobs

  • Graduates who obtain an ASE certificate in Maintenance & Light Duty Repair have a very good opportunity to procure an Apprenticeship with an Automobile Dealer

  • Experienced Technicians may also advance to shop supervisor, service manager, service consultant, or may open their own automotive repair shop

  • Light vehicle registrations continue to rise.  As of June, 2014, there are over 230 Million vehicles registered in the United States

  • More miles are being driven every year, per vehicle and in total

  • Vehicle owners are keeping their vehicles, on average, for 11.4 years

  • Average life span of vehicles is increasing

  • Higher skills are required by technicians due to advanced automobile technology

  • More technicians are retiring