shutterstock_138169817Car shoppers out kicking tires or vehicle owners who need everything from routine oil changes to more serious repairs all are helping fuel the automotive industry. The growth of automotive jobs also may help you rev up your job search and pursuit of education to help you land a job in the industry.

Automotive careers vary as much as the vehicles on the market today, and just like car prices, salaries run the gamut, too. A new infographic from our sister site FindTheRightJob.com and NJCar.com (see below) shows that annual automotive salaries in the Mid-Atlantic region range from $34,093 for clerical staff to $268,876 for a dealer operator/general manager. Another cool stat: The annual payroll at an average automobile dealership was $2.6 million in 2011.

One dealership owner, Billy Fuccillo, who owns 22 Kia dealerships and 31 franchises in Florida and New York (his catch phrase is “It’s huge!”) via Fuccillo Automotive Group, says his big car and money giveaways and promotions require beefing up and adequately training his staff. It’s not enough for him to have only a few salespeople during events that draw in customers or to have salespeople who aren’t ready and able to handle the fast pace of a packed dealership, says Fuccillo.

Opportunities abound in the automotive industry if you’re a go-getter on the sales side or have expertise handling car repairs and maintenance. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics reports that automotive service mechanics and technicians positions are expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. Six-figure positions include automotive sales managers, with the annual salary of sales managers in the Mid-Atlantic region averaging $108,767.

To work in the automotive sector, there are a variety of education paths to take — consider it to be similar to the different ways to drive to a destination. Another FindTheRightJob.com infographic “Which Automotive Retail Career Is Right For You?” shows the path you can take to achieve a career in the automotive industry. If you don’t currently have a college degree, entry-level positions are an option (certifications also can add to your knowledge), and if you have a college degree in areas such as accounting, business, finance, or math, you can seek a more advanced job in the field.

Just like the different makes and models, plus colors and features of vehicles on the market today, the wide array of career routes in the automotive field can land you behind the wheel of a new career soon.

 

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