Automotive Body and Related Repairers

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What do they do?

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

Also known as:

Auto Body Man, Auto Body Mechanic, Auto Body Repair Technician (Auto Body Repair Tech), Auto Body Repairer, Auto Body Repairman, Autobody Technician, Automotive Body Technician (Auto Body Tech), Automotive Technician (Auto Tech), Body Man, Body Mechanic, Body Technician (Body Tech), Collision Repair Technician (Collision Repair Tech), Collision Technician (Collision Tech), Frame Man, Frame Technician, Refinish Technician (Refinish Tech)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Automotive Body and Related Repairers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Automotive Body and Related Repairers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 5.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #23 in job growth rate
  • 470

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Automotive Body and Related Repairers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.7%)
  • Associate's degree (8.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (18.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (47.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (22.2%)

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Paint surfaces or equipment.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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