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Automobile Mechanics (AM) or Auto Mechanics, also known as Automobile Technicians (AT), inspect, repair and maintain automobiles and other vehicles that are powered by gasoline (including diesel), electricity, or alternative fuels such as ethanol. Auto Mechanics and Technicians are responsible for identifying and repairing problems with cars and trucks and doing repairs and preventive maintenance to insure the customer's vehicle is in good condition and running smoothly and safely.

The job duties of an automobile mechanic have changed significantly in the past few decades as car and truck engines have become increasingly more sophisticated and run by complex electrical and computer systems. As a reflection of these changing job duties, workers who service automobiles are now usually called technicians rather than mechanics. Because of the evolution of this profession, auto mechanic schools play a critical role in training a future mechanic and preparing them for a successful career.

Job Duties

An automobile technician must have a combination of skills that allow them to do traditional tune-ups and maintenance using hand tools to keep a car running efficiently and also more complex repair projects that involve electrical components and computer controlled systems.

All automobiles require routine maintenance at scheduled intervals recommended by the manufacturer. While performing routine service on a vehicle a technician will test all engine components and features using computerized diagnostic systems. Technicians will use the maintenance schedule provided by the automobile maker as a checklist to ensure that they have inspected all parts that could cause a car to breakdown. Repair or replacement of parts that are not functioning properly would be performed as part of this inspection. Parts that might be looked at during this routine maintenance include brake systems, belts, plugs, hoses, and fluids such as oil and anti-freeze.

When a customer is experiencing a mechanical problem with their automobile the technician will get a description of the problem from the car owner or in a larger dealership or repair shop from a customer service advisor who spoke directly to the customer. As most automobile owners are not skilled in performing maintenance and repairs on their own vehicle they might have difficulty providing a clear, accurate description of the problem they are experiencing. Automobile technicians work closely with the customer to ask questions about the problem the customer is experiencing and then take a diagnostic approach to repairing the vehicle.

An auto mechanic will usually follow these steps in inspecting and repairing a vehicle:

  • Perform diagnostics on all computer systems and electrical components to ensure they are functioning properly
  • Test drive the vehicle
  • Use computerized testing devices to check operating systems of the vehicle
  • Review the manufacturers technical manuals/bulletins and software packages for deviations to the benchmarks and standards set by the manufacturer
  • Make accurate estimates of the time required to repair vehicle and the cost of replacement/new parts
  • Perform needed repairs according to manufacturers specifications and industry standards

Job Characteristics

Auto Mechanics can choose to work in a small repair shop where they would perform a combination of maintenance and repair work, from tune-ups and oil changes to repairing electrical and computer systems, replacing brake systems, and repairing heating and cooling systems. In larger repair shops or automobile dealer service centers, automobile technicians often become specialized in one type of repair such as a transmission specialist or air-conditioning repairer. A transmission technician repairs or rebuilds the gears, hydraulic pumps and other parts of the transmission. This requires experience and extensive knowledge of computer systems and the ability to solve complex electrical and hydraulic problems.

An air-conditioning repair technician is responsible for installing and repairing the systems that keep the driver and their passengers cool in warm weather. In addition to knowledge of computer systems as is required to be a successful transmission technician, the air-conditioning technician must also be knowledgeable about state and federal regulations that pertain to the use and disposal of chemicals and refrigerants used when repairing an air-conditioning system as these materials can pose a hazard to the environment and the physical health of the technician.

To successfully service or maintain a vehicle automobile technicians use a variety of tools as part of their daily work. They use power and electrical tools such as welding equipment to repair exhaust systems, jacks to lift a vehicle and machine tools to rebuild brakes. They also use more traditional hand tools that many people have in their homes such as wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers.

Computers have become a common tool in almost all modern repair shops or dealership service centers. These high-tech systems are needed as most systems in an automobile such as steering, brakes, or transmission are now controlled by computers. Many cars also contain sophisticated entertainment systems such as DVD and CD players, global positioning systems or onboard assistance/concierge services that might contain Internet capabilities so technicians will be expected to become more knowledgeable and comfortable repairing these computer-driven systems.

While most auto mechanics work indoors in well-ventilated areas their work is still physically demanding as they are often in awkward positions and cramped spaces to access hard-to-reach areas of the car's engine or other systems. Technicians are often subjected to ongoing noise due to the tools/equipment being used. Mechanics must also pay close attention to their personal safety and that of their co-workers as well as customers who might be in the repair area due to the oil, grease, and other chemicals needed to maintain and repair the vehicles.

These materials might cause a physical reaction in people who are sensitive to smells and odors and also present a danger of falls if the materials leak and cause the ground to become slippery. Minor bruises or cuts are also common but with proper safety procedures most technicians avoid more serious incidents. Technicians must be physically strong and able to lift heavy parts and supplies which are found in most cars.

When first entering the automobile technician profession as an apprentice most mechanics must purchase a variety of hand-tools including wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. Their employer will provide them with the computers and diagnostic tools required for the automobiles they are servicing. Mechanics who work on foreign cars or cars with hybrid engines require more specialized tools that often cost thousands of dollars.

An individual in the automotive technician profession should possess most of the following skills and attributes:

Auto Mechanic Schools, Training and Certification

As automotive technology is changing rapidly and becoming more sophisticated most employers require that people interested in working as an automotive mechanic or technician complete a formal training program from an auto mechanic school. These auto mechanic training programs provide preparation through hands-on experience working on vehicles combined with classroom instruction.

Many high schools provide this vocational training. If this program is not available to a candidate at their local or regional high school they can enroll in a postsecondary vocational school or local community college that offers auto mechanic courses. The training programs vary in length from six months to a year depending on the number of hours spent on the program weekly. High schools that provide this course of study will award students a high school diploma as well as a certificate. Community college programs will usually award an associate degree or a certificate. Postsecondary vocational auto mechanic schools also award an associate degree or certificate of program completion.

Some larger high schools participate in Automotive Youth Education Service (AYES) which is a partnership between high schools that offer automotive repair programs, manufacturers, and car dealers. Students who complete this program will be able to enter entry-level technician positions at a repair shop or car dealership and enhance their skills on the job. Some auto mechanics choose to learn the trade by assisting family members or other experienced workers.

Recent graduates of a high school or post-secondary mechanic program usually start their careers as trainee mechanics or mechanics' helpers and practice their skills by working beside and learning from more experienced technicians. Usually within a few months auto mechanic trainees may begin to perform routine service duties and simple repairs on their own. Mechanics should expect to spend 2 to 5 years working in a repair shop or dealership service center before becoming a fully qualified service technician.

To become proficient in a complex specialty such as air-conditioning or transmission repair might require another year or two of training or on the job experience. On-going training including classes at manufacturers facilities to learn new technologies is common and technicians are expected to keep up with ever-changing systems through reading and on-the-job practice.

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification is offered from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and has become a standard credential for auto mechanics. Certification programs are available in 8 specialized areas of automotive service and repair including brake systems, heating and air-conditioning and engine repair. To be certified in each area a technician must have a minimum of 2 years of practical experience and pass the exam/test. Completing a recognized auto mechanic training program in high school or post-secondary college may be substituted for 1 year of on-the-job experience. To receive a Master Automobile Technician designation a technician must be certified in all eight specialties.

According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of jobs for auto mechanics is projected to grow at a faster than average rate for all occupations over the next decade. Many skilled technicians are expected to retire and demand is expected to increase for technicians by 14% between 2006 and 2016 compared to 10% for all occupations. As the number of cars in operation increases due to the continued growth in the population eligible to drive as well as the complexity of these cars operating systems the demand for skilled automobile technicians will grow.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Automotive Mechanics jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 2360 $43,550
Hoover 2360 $43,550
Huntsville 730 $33,690
Montgomery 670 $40,440
Mobile 640 $38,260
Tuscaloosa 400 $38,920
Foley 300 $37,060
Fairhope 300 $37,060
Daphne 300 $37,060
Dothan 290 $33,460
Opelika 270 $41,990
Auburn 270 $41,990
Decatur 220 $29,770
Muscle Shoals 220 $35,930
Florence 220 $35,930
Gadsden 160 $34,290
Anniston 150 $36,110
Oxford 150 $36,110
Jacksonville 150 $36,110
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 920 $52,260
Fairbanks 250 $59,070
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 9240 $39,900
Phoenix 9240 $39,900
Scottsdale 9240 $39,900
Tucson 1810 $33,360
Prescott 480 $37,290
Lake Havasu City 360 $33,990
Kingman 360 $33,990
Flagstaff 310 $36,650
Yuma 280 $34,400
Sierra Vista 180 $30,440
Douglas 180 $30,440
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 1680 $34,310
North Little Rock 1680 $34,310
Little Rock 1680 $34,310
Jonesboro 200 $24,340
Pine Bluff 190 $24,890
Hot Springs 160 $36,850
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 20610 $41,530
Long Beach 20610 $41,530
Los Angeles 20610 $41,530
San Francisco 7920 $52,130
Hayward 7920 $52,130
Oakland 7920 $52,130
Riverside 6590 $45,210
Ontario 6590 $45,210
San Bernardino 6590 $45,210
San Diego 6080 $40,890
Carlsbad 6080 $40,890
Arcade 4320 $43,410
Sacramento 4320 $43,410
Arden 4320 $43,410
Roseville 4320 $43,410
Santa Clara 3130 $51,730
San Jose 3130 $51,730
Sunnyvale 3130 $51,730
Fresno 1660 $35,820
Bakersfield 1650 $44,930
Thousand Oaks 1490 $38,050
Oxnard 1490 $38,050
Ventura 1490 $38,050
Santa Rosa 1240 $49,180
Lodi 840 $38,040
Stockton 840 $38,040
Visalia 790 $33,960
Porterville 790 $33,960
Fairfield 770 $38,500
Vallejo 770 $38,500
Modesto 720 $42,850
Santa Maria 630 $40,680
Santa Barbara 630 $40,680
San Luis Obispo 600 $41,110
Arroyo Grande 600 $41,110
Paso Robles 600 $41,110
Salinas 590 $40,150
Redding 400 $45,800
Watsonville 370 $50,310
Santa Cruz 370 $50,310
Merced 340 $34,650
Chico 340 $44,220
El Centro 240 $34,500
Yuba City 220 $42,120
Corcoran 200 $33,240
Hanford 200 $33,240
Napa 200 $47,190
Madera 180 $43,220
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 6480 $40,040
Denver 6480 $40,040
Lakewood 6480 $40,040
Colorado Springs 1440 $48,620
Fort Collins 880 $39,680
Boulder 670 $46,640
Greeley 590 $38,250
Grand Junction 340 $50,460
Pueblo 310 $29,890
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 2840 $43,630
West Hartford 2840 $43,630
Hartford 2840 $43,630
Stamford 1930 $46,570
Norwalk 1930 $46,570
Bridgeport 1930 $46,570
New Haven 1280 $44,640
Danbury 550 $46,900
Waterbury 520 $47,680
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 450 $36,850
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 13250 $35,430
Miami 13250 $35,430
Fort Lauderdale 13250 $35,430
St. Petersburg 6810 $36,630
Clearwater 6810 $36,630
Tampa 6810 $36,630
Kissimmee 5230 $36,430
Orlando 5230 $36,430
Sanford 5230 $36,430
Jacksonville 4000 $35,490
North Port 1760 $37,600
Sarasota 1760 $37,600
Bradenton 1760 $37,600
Winter Haven 1590 $31,230
Lakeland 1590 $31,230
Fort Myers 1500 $38,380
Cape Coral 1500 $38,380
Palm Bay 1320 $34,010
Titusville 1320 $34,010
Melbourne 1320 $34,010
Ormond Beach 1230 $34,140
Daytona Beach 1230 $34,140
Deltona 1230 $34,140
Brent 1070 $34,660
Pensacola 1070 $34,660
Ferry Pass 1070 $34,660
Ocala 820 $35,140
Port St. Lucie 810 $37,330
Crestview 780 $33,310
Fort Walton Beach 780 $33,310
Destin 780 $33,310
Tallahassee 770 $37,750
Marco Island 720 $40,750
Naples 720 $40,750
Immokalee 720 $40,750
Panama City 620 $34,530
Gainesville 600 $34,830
Punta Gorda 480 $36,470
Vero Beach 320 $32,290
Sebastian 320 $32,290
Homosassa Springs 310 $40,130
Sebring 190 $39,680
The Villages 90 $38,790
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 12610 $36,300
Sandy Springs 12610 $36,300
Atlanta 12610 $36,300
Savannah 1010 $41,390
Gainesville 520 $28,830
Albany 460 $33,050
Dalton 410 $28,460
Valdosta 380 $24,550
Clarke County 380 $36,670
Athens 380 $36,670
Macon 350 $34,740
Warner Robins 290 $37,140
Rome 280 $34,070
Brunswick 210 $40,720
Hinesville 80 $33,600
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1790 $43,240
Lahaina 310 $37,350
Wailuku 310 $37,350
Kahului 310 $37,350
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 1560 $38,150
Coeur d'Alene 330 $38,890
Idaho Falls 290 $44,190
Pocatello 220 $32,600
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 720 $33,110
Rockford 680 $36,000
Springfield 620 $36,320
Urbana 460 $41,490
Champaign 460 $41,490
Bloomington 440 $37,430
Marion 360 $29,970
Carbondale 360 $29,970
Kankakee 350 $41,160
Decatur 260 $36,700
Danville 140 $30,050
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 4320 $44,010
Anderson 4320 $44,010
Carmel 4320 $44,010
Fort Wayne 1140 $35,540
West Lafayette 410 $35,810
Lafayette 410 $35,810
Elkhart 400 $31,850
Goshen 400 $31,850
Terre Haute 360 $35,680
Bloomington 270 $36,320
Kokomo 190 $26,740
Muncie 190 $34,230
La Porte 170 $26,110
Michigan City 170 $26,110
Columbus 160 $29,940
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 1760 $39,560
Des Moines 1760 $39,560
Cedar Rapids 770 $40,980
Cedar Falls 480 $38,680
Waterloo 480 $38,680
Iowa City 350 $39,350
Dubuque 330 $37,790
Ames 290 $40,380
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1200 $41,380
Topeka 500 $36,670
Lawrence 220 $30,050
Manhattan 210 $29,020
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 980 $35,400
Lexington 980 $35,400
Fort Knox 390 $36,540
Elizabethtown 390 $36,540
Bowling Green 300 $26,280
Owensboro 210 $31,550
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 2000 $35,630
Metairie 2000 $35,630
Baton Rouge 1390 $38,970
Lafayette 970 $34,690
Bossier City 730 $31,850
Shreveport 730 $31,850
Lake Charles 410 $31,580
Houma 360 $36,850
Thibodaux 360 $36,850
Monroe 320 $30,450
Alexandria 280 $33,080
Hammond 200 $38,430
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 1110 $44,750
South Portland 1110 $44,750
Bangor 480 $33,910
Auburn 320 $30,590
Lewiston 320 $30,590
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 5710 $46,450
Towson 5710 $46,450
Columbia 5710 $46,450
Lexington Park 170 $40,090
California 170 $40,090
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 510 $45,550
Gardner 340 $35,300
Leominster 340 $35,300
New Bedford 310 $37,290
Pittsfield 170 $44,140
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 9720 $41,520
Detroit 9720 $41,520
Warren 9720 $41,520
Grand Rapids 2320 $38,330
Wyoming 2320 $38,330
Lansing 860 $41,980
East Lansing 860 $41,980
Flint 830 $32,180
Portage 730 $33,370
Kalamazoo 730 $33,370
Ann Arbor 620 $56,820
Saginaw 480 $29,720
Muskegon 420 $27,550
Benton Harbor 340 $39,170
Niles 340 $39,170
Battle Creek 300 $32,540
Monroe 260 $30,990
Jackson 260 $32,390
Midland 160 $28,770
Bay City 150 $36,790
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 640 $32,810
Rochester 460 $36,080
Mankato 250 $42,550
North Mankato 250 $42,550
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 1680 $34,210
Pascagoula 700 $30,500
Biloxi 700 $30,500
Gulfport 700 $30,500
Hattiesburg 440 $30,770
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 1550 $34,100
Columbia 640 $38,470
Joplin 450 $30,250
Jefferson City 370 $38,660
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 640 $39,060
Missoula 310 $26,220
Great Falls 220 $34,220
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 630 $38,890
Grand Island 230 $33,490
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 3580 $38,480
Henderson 3580 $38,480
Las Vegas 3580 $38,480
Reno 1240 $42,690
Carson City 220 $48,390
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 580 $45,240
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 630 $50,930
Atlantic City 480 $47,140
Hammonton 480 $47,140
Vineland 230 $39,570
Bridgeton 230 $39,570
Ocean City 230 $43,660
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 2060 $37,060
Las Cruces 450 $29,170
Farmington 370 $33,000
Santa Fe 300 $38,700
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 2770 $33,450
Cheektowaga 2770 $33,450
Buffalo 2770 $33,450
Rochester 2660 $36,260
Albany 2090 $39,290
Schenectady 2090 $39,290
Troy 2090 $39,290
Syracuse 1760 $35,710
Utica 680 $38,050
Rome 680 $38,050
Binghamton 570 $35,790
Kingston 450 $40,040
Glens Falls 390 $35,270
Fort Drum 360 $33,160
Watertown 360 $33,160
Elmira 320 $29,180
Ithaca 190 $35,260
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 2910 $42,050
High Point 1770 $36,760
Greensboro 1770 $36,760
Winston 1490 $37,990
Salem 1490 $37,990
Durham 1210 $36,720
Chapel Hill 1210 $36,720
Asheville 1150 $33,650
Fayetteville 880 $34,740
Morganton 780 $32,190
Lenoir 780 $32,190
Hickory 780 $32,190
Wilmington 580 $41,260
Jacksonville 440 $33,830
Burlington 410 $39,260
Greenville 370 $29,830
Rocky Mount 340 $28,860
Goldsboro 310 $24,240
New Bern 220 $33,910
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 420 $40,270
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 4570 $39,100
Cleveland 4570 $39,100
Columbus 3720 $39,360
Dayton 1950 $34,060
Akron 1600 $35,410
Toledo 1560 $37,430
Canton 940 $29,440
Massillon 940 $29,440
Mansfield 340 $37,780
Lima 270 $34,640
Springfield 260 $34,390
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 3150 $39,170
Tulsa 2080 $35,880
Lawton 270 $34,510
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 520 $38,250
Eugene 480 $44,520
Medford 360 $37,510
Redmond 330 $44,600
Bend 330 $44,600
Albany 170 $39,200
Corvallis 140 $41,860
Grants Pass 120 $36,000
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 6220 $32,350
Carlisle 1710 $36,640
Harrisburg 1710 $36,640
Lancaster 1610 $37,740
Wilkes 1550 $32,550
Scranton 1550 $32,550
Barre 1550 $32,550
Hazleton 1550 $32,550
Hanover 1010 $37,900
York 1010 $37,900
Reading 930 $35,750
Erie 900 $30,460
Lebanon 400 $35,740
East Stroudsburg 400 $37,620
Johnstown 390 $29,180
Williamsport 370 $32,720
Altoona 360 $34,750
Waynesboro 330 $34,460
Chambersburg 330 $34,460
State College 280 $38,230
Gettysburg 260 $35,490
Bloomsburg 120 $35,060
Berwick 120 $35,060
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 2390 $18,470
Caguas 2390 $18,470
San Juan 2390 $18,470
Ponce 240 $18,740
Isabela 200 $17,860
Aguadilla 200 $17,860
Arecibo 160 $17,700
Mayag´┐Żez 160 $19,100
San German 60 $18,130
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 1930 $32,670
Greenville 1930 $32,670
Anderson 1930 $32,670
North Charleston 1830 $39,630
Charleston 1830 $39,630
Columbia 1640 $39,380
Spartanburg 890 $37,590
Florence 560 $32,950
Beaufort 450 $46,210
Hilton Head Island 450 $46,210
Bluffton 450 $46,210
Sumter 190 $33,340
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 670 $38,160
Rapid City 350 $34,200
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 4630 $48,290
Franklin 4630 $48,290
Davidson 4630 $48,290
Nashville 4630 $48,290
Knoxville 1860 $34,340
Jackson 350 $32,370
Johnson City 350 $34,430
Cleveland 250 $35,400
Morristown 220 $32,780
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 12290 $38,200
Fort Worth 12290 $38,200
Arlington 12290 $38,200
The Woodlands 10640 $39,110
Sugar Land 10640 $39,110
Houston 10640 $39,110
San Antonio 4350 $37,670
New Braunfels 4350 $37,670
Round Rock 3580 $44,290
Austin 3580 $44,290
El Paso 1270 $33,050
McAllen 1070 $31,060
Edinburg 1070 $31,060
Mission 1070 $31,060
Beaumont 900 $47,240
Port Arthur 900 $47,240
Lubbock 840 $40,670
Corpus Christi 760 $38,090
Killeen 670 $36,270
Temple 670 $36,270
Waco 530 $35,050
Bryan 520 $33,620
College Station 520 $33,620
Midland 520 $52,660
Longview 490 $42,990
Tyler 480 $36,290
Harlingen 450 $23,280
Brownsville 450 $23,280
Wichita Falls 440 $34,370
Amarillo 420 $43,760
Laredo 360 $33,860
Abilene 360 $41,970
San Angelo 330 $39,260
Sherman 310 $36,300
Denison 310 $36,300
Odessa 310 $36,500
Victoria 200 $38,100
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 2610 $39,200
Clearfield 1370 $43,800
Ogden 1370 $43,800
Orem 940 $41,270
Provo 940 $41,270
St. George 400 $35,900
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 660 $33,820
Burlington 660 $33,820
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 3440 $46,380
Roanoke 860 $36,080
Lynchburg 590 $35,880
Charlottesville 400 $42,900
Radford 370 $36,860
Blacksburg 370 $36,860
Christiansburg 370 $36,860
Harrisonburg 360 $34,040
Waynesboro 260 $41,690
Staunton 260 $41,690
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 7400 $44,590
Tacoma 7400 $44,590
Bellevue 7400 $44,590
Spokane 1080 $44,880
Spokane Valley 1080 $44,880
Richland 500 $38,780
Kennewick 500 $38,780
Yakima 440 $37,890
Tumwater 440 $39,220
Olympia 440 $39,220
Silverdale 440 $48,540
Bremerton 440 $48,540
Mount Vernon 280 $43,040
Anacortes 280 $43,040
Bellingham 280 $47,060
Wenatchee 260 $37,170
Longview 150 $42,520
Walla Walla 90 $36,160
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 560 $26,550
Morgantown 370 $27,560
Vienna 350 $26,600
Parkersburg 350 $26,600
Beckley 300 $29,900
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 3530 $39,260
Waukesha 3530 $39,260
Milwaukee 3530 $39,260
Madison 1410 $38,970
Green Bay 670 $40,100
Appleton 470 $38,930
Racine 460 $34,730
Eau Claire 410 $47,170
Janesville 370 $37,330
Beloit 370 $37,330
Wausau 320 $38,710
Oshkosh 310 $37,560
Neenah 310 $37,560
Sheboygan 290 $37,830
Fond du Lac 200 $38,120
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 270 $38,470
Casper 230 $38,080

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Automotive Mechanics

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 274,110 43% $38,550
Maintenance And Repair 238,610 38% $31,770
Government 27,440 4% $42,020
Gas Stations 21,800 3% $31,660
Durable Goods Wholesale 14,280 2% $32,600
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Sacramento
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  • Degree - Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Fresno
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  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer
  • Designated as a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Offers several aviation maintenance programs, including engineering, electronics, helicopter, and avionics technology.
  • Tutoring and advising services are available to students at no additional cost.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 11 campuses across the United States, with locations in California, Virginia, Texas, Indianapolis, Florida, and more.
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Las Vegas
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