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Growing Federal Jobs: Automative

Growing Federal Jobs: Automative

Kyle Stone | Associate Editor, GovCentral

The automotive industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. It creates 6.6 million direct and spin-off jobs and produces $243 billion in payroll compensation. Due to the large amount of automotive workers in the private sector, many government agencies are looking to hire automotive workers.

Many jobs in the automotive industry high-tech and challenging as well as rewarding; as an employee of the federal government, you’re guaranteed to use the latest technology – in fact, the equipment you use might not even be available to the commercial industry. Demand for employees is high, meaning potential job security and mobility.

In Demand Occupations

Automotive Body and Related Repairers
Projected Salary: $30,000
Employees Needed: 64,000
Projected Growth: 27%
Average Education Level: High School | Some College
Who’s Hiring: Air Force, Army, National Guard

Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
Projected Salary: $48,000
Employees Needed: 91,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

First-Line Supervisors | Labor Management
Projected Salary: $43,000
Employees Needed: 60,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: High School | Some College
Who’s Hiring: Air Force, NASA, National Park Service

Projected Salary: $47,000
Employees Needed: 15,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: High School | Some College
Who’s Hiring: Defense Logistics Agency, Army, Department of Veterans Affairs

Installers and General Mechanics
Projected Salary: $36,000
Employees Needed: 143,000
Projected Growth: 0% – 8%
Average Education Level: Some College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Army , Department of Veterans Affairs

How to Prepare

For trainee positions, dealerships increasingly prefer to hire automotive service technician graduates of postsecondary automotive training programs. Good reading and basic math skills are required to study technical manuals, keep abreast of new technology, and learn new service and repair techniques as vehicle components and systems become increasingly sophisticated.

Information Compiled from and 2006-16 BLS Projections.

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