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What it’s About

Straighten bent car and truck bodies, remove dents and replace crumpled parts that cannot be fixed. Technicians repair all types of vehicles, and although some work on large trucks, buses, or tractor-trailers, most work on cars and small trucks.

Job Outlook*

Employment of automotive body repairers is expected to grow by 1 percent over the 2008-18 decade. Job opportunities will be excellent for people with formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing as older workers retire and need to be replaced.

Typical Jobs

  • Automotive Detailing Specialist
  • Automotive Glass Installer
  • Collision Parts/Tools Distributor
  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Collision Shop Foreman
  • Collision Shop Owner/Manager
  • Collision Repair Instructor
  • Custom Painter/Fabricator
  • Damage Estimator
  • Paint/Parts Manufacturer's Representative
  • Refinishing Technician

Salary Range*

$23,640 to $66,120

Employers of CLC Graduates

  • Auto body repair shops
  • Auto mechanics who offer auto body repair
  • Car and truck dealers
  • Custom fabrication shops
  • Paint manufacturers and distributors
  • Self-employed

Changing Technology and Repair Techniques

Continuing education and training are needed throughout a career in automotive body repair. Automotive parts composition, body materials and other new safety components continue to change and become more complex. To keep up with these technological advances, repairers must continue to gain new skills by reading technical manuals and furthering their education with classes and seminars.

*Career information is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Chicagoland area. Visit to learn more.