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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required