Test Drivers

Test drivers drive, evaluate, and grade new automobiles and other vehicles before they are made available for sale to the public. They spend many hours driving their assigned model in various driving situations, climates, and speeds. As members of a new product development team, test drivers make suggestions for specific alterations to the car's design, function, and performance. Test drivers are employed by auto manufacturers worldwide, though some may work for contractors specializing in automotive testing or development. Others work as automobile writers and reviewers for trade publications.


Quick Facts
Duties Drive, evaluate, and grade new automobiles and other vehicles before they are made available for sale to the public
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but the Big Three automakers—Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors—are headquartered in Michigan
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Several years' experience required
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Head Driver for an Auto Manufacturer
  • Experienced Test Driver
  • Entry-Level Test Driver

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