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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

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

As with any occupation, the salary can vary greatly by employer size, industry, employee credentials, years of experience, location and other factors.

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.

To learn more, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Automotive Body and Glass Repairers.