Automotive Engineers

Automotive engineers are employed by car and truck manufacturers as well as parts suppliers to design and build entire vehicles or individual parts or systems. They may work on the vehicle's engine design, aerodynamics, performance and fuel efficiency, safety features, ergonomics, and more. Approximately 230,580 industrial engineers are employed in the United States, and 6 percent work in the motor vehicle parts manufacturing sector.

Quick Facts
Duties Design and build entire vehicles or individual automotive parts or systems
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
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
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internships
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Team Manager or Project Supervisor
  • Experienced Automotive Engineer
  • Entry-Level Automotive Engineer

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