Considering a Career in Automotive Technology?
During a recession finding a job or deciding what career field to go into can be difficult. If you’re thinking about a career but want to know what the job projections look like for the next ten years, then visit www.bls.gov. This Bureau of Labor Statistics website gives job projections, median salary, and other important career information.
For instance, if you are interested in a career as an automotive technician, this website will show you there is projected to be a 5% employment increase from 2008-2018. It also shows the median hourly salary for automotive technicians and what the top ten, bottom ten, and middle fifty percent are earning.
This website does more than just tell what the job projections are and the median salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics explains the nature of the work, job training, qualifications, and advancement opportunities. At the bottom of the page, it also includes a list of related occupations in case being an automotive technician doesn’t seem quite right to you.
If you are interested in what is involved in being an automotive technician but you want to find out what tasks are involved in the job and the knowledge and skills you need to have, then you should visit http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/49-3023.01. This website gives a breakdown of the tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, work context, job zone, and tools needed for the job. It doesn’t just list all the tasks and skills necessary. However, it also shows on a scale of 1-100 how important they are. For instance, one task that is going to be a large part of the job is examining vehicles to determine the extent of damage or malfunctions. Since this is such an important part of the job, it is scaled as an 85 out of 100. This website will give you a better idea of whether or not you will find being an automotive technician a good fit for you or something you want to avoid.
If an automotive technician is what you want to become then the next thing to consider is training. The website for National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (http://natef.org) has a page where you can search for training locations all over the country. Training for automotive technicians can be found at high schools, community colleges, or trade schools, and natef.org will help you find the nearest school to you. This webpage also includes a page on how to begin the certification process and how to become certified. There is even an online certification test available.
If you’ve decided that you do want to become a certified automotive technician then visit http://asecert.org/. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence provides certification for automotive professionals. Certification is not necessary to become an automotive technician. However, being certified can give greater employment and earnings opportunities. The ASE gives a list of why being certified is beneficial to your career as an automotive technician. It also provides everything you need to know about the certification test, from registration to preparing for it.
If you visit these websites, then you will have a solid understanding of what it will take to become an automotive technician. It’s important to research everything that will be involved and know what you’re getting into before you sign up for a career so you know that this is the right career choice for you.