When you think of car careers, many of the ones that come to mind include an auto mechanic, a collision repair specialist, or a service technician. However, not everyone is handy and/or has the skills to repair cars. You may not be good with your hands, may not know how to use even basic tools or the fumes may get to you. If you have a love of cars and are considering if traveling full-time worth the savings, there are still many job opportunities available to you, even if you take out the ones that involve fixing or repairing cars. Here are three car careers that may be perfect if repairing cars isn’t right for you, but you want a job in the car field.
Collision estimators are expected to be an in-demand career opportunity in the next decade as well as one of the top Halloween costumes for people who love driving. Collision estimators are most often hired by companies that offer auto insurance policies. When one of their insured are involved in an accident, the collision estimator goes to their home or the collision center, takes pictures, fills out reports and then estimates how much damage there is. This information helps to determine if the customer is better off filing a claim or paying out of pocket based on their deductible, if the car will be totaled or how much the insurance company will pay for the needed repairs. There is currently a shortage of trained collision estimators. As more people drive, it is expected more collision estimators will be needed, making it the perfect opportunity for you to easily find a job in this field with the right skills.
Another job that is in the auto industry that does not require you to actually work on the cars is a service advisor. If you have ever taken your car to the dealership for service or repairs, you know that the people who greet and help you are not mechanics. They are service advisors. They people sit at a computer, handle the incoming customers, and then make recommendations to the customer as to what they may need done to their car. The things that they recommend are based on the manufacturer’s recommendations based on the mileage of your car as well as any issues that a mechanic may spot once they get their hands on the car. They explain to you what is recommended and why and answer any questions you have. This is a great position for those who want a white-collar job in a traditionally blue-collar industry.
The last job that you may want to consider getting if you want to work in the auto industry but don’t want to repair cars is a parts professional. A part professional is responsible for inventorying the parts at a mechanic shop or dealership service center and ordering parts as needed. If the dealership or mechanic service repairs old or classic cars, the parts professional may also be responsible for finding and tracking down hard to find parts. This may involve contacting pick and pull lots or junk car buyers to find the parts or may involve traveling all over in search of the parts. Once again, this is a white-collar job, making it a great option for someone who prefers not to get dirty in the automotive industry.
To work as a collision estimator, service advisor or parts professional, you need to have a familiarity with how cars operate, their parts and the repair process. But you do not actually have to do the repairs yourself. These are the perfect jobs for people who love cars but have physical limitations which prevent them from working on them or simply are not handy at repairs.