By Eneida Alcalde
May 10, 2007
According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the automotive industry is one of the largest in the United States, responsible for 13.3 million jobs nationwide. The industry also produces an estimated $335 billion in payroll compensations, equaling roughly 6% of private sector compensation. For those looking to work in Pennsylvania's automotive industry, these numbers mean strong job prospects.
In addition to the natural beauty of the Allegheny Mountains and the Great Lakes Region, the Keystone State offers excellent job opportunities, the excitement of city life, and plenty of technical education programs. If you're looking to work in the automotive industry, many Pennsylvania schools offer technical training designed to prepare you for an automotive technician career.
Automotive Technical Training
Your automotive education will provide the knowledge you'll need to earn higher wages while performing highly skilled work with the latest automotive technologies. By 2014, employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to increase by somewhere between 9 and 17 percent.
With employers in need of skilled applicants, you stand to profit from this growth. The BLS encourages aspiring technicians to enroll in a college-level automotive training program. These programs provide intensive career preparation in the classroom, along with hands-on practice. Some programs award certificates, while others offer associate's degrees. Depending on the type of technical training you pursue, programs can last anywhere from six months to two years, with courses covering:
Many employers view technical training in automotive service technology as essential preparation for a job in the field. Make yourself indispensable to would-be employers and customers with an automotive technology degree from one of Pennsylvania's many technical schools.
About the Author
Eneida P. Alcalde works in Washington, DC and has written several grants, educational manuals, and promotional material for development organizations. Eneida holds a B.A. in international politics and Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University.