Automobile Collision Repairers

Automotive Technician at Work

Automobile collision repairers, also known as collision repair technicians, repair, replace, and repaint damaged body parts of automobiles, buses, and light trucks. They use hand tools and power tools to straighten bent frames and body sections, replace badly damaged parts, smooth out minor dents and creases, remove rust, fill small holes or dents, and repaint surfaces damaged by accident or wear. Some repairers also give repair estimates. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2016, there were approximately 143,940 automotive body and related repairers working in the United States, plus nearly 18,610 automotive glass installers and repairers and 647,380 automotive service technicians and mechanics.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Collision Repair Technicians
Duties Repair, replace, and repaint damaged body parts of automobiles, light trucks, and buses
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Shop Supervisor, or Service Manager, or Teacher
  • Automobile Collision Repairer
  • Helper or Apprentice

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