Automobile Collision Repairers

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, there are approximately 134,650 automotive body and related repairers working in the United States, plus nearly 16,000 automotive glass installers and repairers and 604,990 automotive service technicians and mechanics.


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

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