When you think about automotive jobs, a few images usually come to mind: winding assembly lines moving with clock-like precision, well heeled salesmen strolling the lot with customers in tow, and even crash test mannequins – not the monotone ’90s one-hit wonder band – the life-saving impact testers.
This incomplete picture only scratches the surface. Think about this: Despite an always-expanding public transportation system, the number of cars in the United States has increased every year since 1960. Currently, there are about 250 million registered cars on American highways, country roads and tucked into garages, according to the Department of Transportation. That equals a ton of jobs.
In the hourly job industry alone, there’s a great variety of automotive positions, jobs that are increasingly available online. Contrary to popular belief, these auto gigs aren’t just Detroit jobs; you’re just as likely to find Baltimore jobs and Seattle jobs in the automotive industry. And the demand for auto technicians and customer service workers in companies such as Goodyear, Jiffy Lube and Valvoline is especially high. If you’re a hands-on worker with a high mechanical I.Q. and you don’t mind the smell of 10W-30 oil in the morning, then these gigs could be right up your alley.
Heck, if you don’t know how to fix a car but you sure love driving one, then you might want to look for a job that puts you behind the wheel. Check out companies including 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and FedEx for driver job opportunities. Of course, there’s also the pizza delivery route, too, if you have your own reliable transportation.
Every since Henry Ford rolled the first Model T off the assembly line in 1908, hard working Americans have earned their keep in the automotive industry. And while movies and sci-fi writing teased us about streets full of hover skateboards and push-button teleporting, that’s not going to change any time soon.