Within the last three decades, the US auto industry has seen major ups and downs, often due to missed opportunities and the power of innovation, with the latter being especially relevant in the post-industrial knowledge economy.

In the past several years, it’s been exciting to see the revival of demand for jobs in the automotive industry. A number of studies have shown solid areas of job growth and need for auto industry professionals. For instance, one study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a 17-percent growth rate for auto technicians through 2020. During this decade, the overall job growth for technicians alone was projected at more than 120,000 jobs.

In fact, there are reasons to think a career with an automaker or supplier will still offer opportunities, while adjacent careers in auto maintenance will also carry on prospering. This is due to automotive sales continuing to show strong growth, as strong sales means more cars to maintain. As sales grow, everybody in the industry reaps the rewards.

Automobile manufacturing industry

Automobile and auto parts manufacturing is the second biggest US manufacturing sector after the beverage industry. After a bottoming out at the end of 2007, annual volume has rebounded to up to 16 million sales and manufacturers are still adding production capacity to meet demand. That higher demand has resulted in more jobs. Ford is now a national leader in the creation of auto manufacturing jobs, creating an estimated 18,000 new jobs in the United States after the recession, including jobs that had been targeted for Mexico. A 2015 report from Goolsbee and Krueger showed motor vehicles and parts manufacturing was behind an estimated increase of 256,000 jobs between June 2009 and July 2014. This represents 6 percent of the nation’s increase in jobs, despite the fact that it only accounts for 2 percent of overall employment.

Some experts have said Tesla Motors presents a great opportunity to break into the auto industry. As the business adds more production capacity and a much greater dedication to keep up with demand, it means more money for employees.

Automobile service and repair

With more vehicles comes more demand for repair and maintenance. In addition to inspecting and repairing automobiles, service technicians can also deal with simple vehicle upkeep, like changing brakes, and oil.

Previously, car owners could fix problems themselves. Nowadays, it can be more complex due to the electronic systems in most vehicles. Also, there are now vehicles that are driven by electricity and fuels like ethanol. Working on cars has become so complicated, a lot more people need service technicians and mechanics to fix and maintain their cars.

To get these jobs, people must attend a vocational program in automotive service technology, as well as classes on computers and electronics.

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