The auto body trade is resilient to fluctuating economic conditions, and experienced
technicians are rarely laid off. National employment estimates for this occupation
as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational
Employment Statistics: www.bls.gov) show annual salary estimates between $22,350 - $62,750.
Job opportunities for auto body professionals are plentiful. Positions include (and
are not limited to):
- Paint Prep/Polishers
- Body Technicians
- Quality Control Inspectors
- Parts managers
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Video: Auto Body student Marcus enjoys the variety of options in the automotive lab.