If you aren’t reluctant to get your hands a little dirty; have an ability to understand mechanical things; possess a strong work ethic; take extreme pride in your workmanship, and are interested in everything automotive, then you might want to consider pursuing a career in the collision repair industry.
A skilled metal technician, painter, or estimator can make a generous salary with job security and numerous opportunities for rapid advancement within the automotive repair industry.
At Painters Collision Center, with two locations in Queen Creek and Chandler, AZ, we have a highly skilled crew consisting some of the best professionals in collision repair.
We are always looking for top talent, including new technicians, painters, paint preppers, detailers, and repair planners to stay ahead of the game. We are only as good as the team we create around ourselves—a recipe that has worked for us from day one.
In the immediate past, young people were opting more for computer jobs. Still, now with all of the new technology within the automotive industry today, more students are going after careers in collision repair.
A 2020 Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) survey reported that collision repair technicians average $53,000 in annual income. Nearly one out of 5 technicians earned $70,000 or more to illustrate the attractive earning potential offered by the collision repair careers.
With these attractive salaries, there are more people who are now gravitating toward the collision repair industry for careers, but the overall demand for new technicians is still growing at a rapid rate. One of the major issues is the sad fact that the average age of a collision repair technician has increased by 10 percent since 1996. As more industry veterans approach retirement age, many new technicians and painters will be needed to fill these positions, and this will create a huge need between 2020-2030.
To become a collision repair technician, education and training is necessary. Almost half of all entry-level technicians were initially hired from career or technical school programs. Many tech schools, high schools, private trade schools, vocational schools and community colleges with auto repair programs around nationwide feature a collision repair curriculum.
Many students enter the collision repair industry directly out of high school, while others decide to pursue additional training from a post-secondary school before beginning their careers. In almost every scenario, they are normally hired as entry-level technicians, performing a wide range of basic repairs until they gain supplementary professional experience.
With automotive diagnostics, new innovative repair techniques and cutting-edge equipment, the collision repair industry is growing in popularity exponentially within the last decade. By learning the newest ways to repair today’s vehicles, people can demand top wages and be in demand.
If you reside in our area or are willing to move to Arizona, or if you’re looking for a career here or anywhere else in this country, consider collision repair, because the need is growing and the money is good!
Sources: Autobody News, Yahoo and Monster.com