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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Auto Body Technician field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33697Auto Tech IiMale27 $51,000WOODBRIDGE, VA01/01/2010
32734Mobile Metal Equipment RepairmanMale64 $53,000fairfield, CA01/01/2010
32637Material HandlerFemale56 $35,000blacksburg, VA01/01/2010

Overview

Auto body technicians perform repair work on cars that have sustained damage to the vehicle?s body after traffic accidents, hail damage, or vandalism. Auto body techs typically work in repair shops that are well ventilated and well lit.

Repairing and replacing damaged parts, connecting new vehicle parts, repairing scratches, fixing dings and dents, and restoring the look and integrity of a vehicle are some of the many repairs an auto body technician may perform. Working as an auto body technician can be both physically and mentally challenging, as you concentrate on repairing physical damage to a vehicle while bending, stooping, reaching, and leaning to access the damaged parts.

Auto body technicians may specialize in a particular area of vehicle body repair, such as dent repair, or may obtain certification to work on specific vehicle brands. Obtaining specialized certification can open up the opportunity for more jobs. Technicians can work in garages and repair shops that service general vehicles, or may work for automotive dealers in specialty repair shops. Some technicians run their own body shop, but many work for others. Hours are usually routine business hours, although some evening, weekend, and overtime work may be necessary depending on the work environment.

If you think you may be interested in becoming an auto body technician, browse?the career profiles on this site?to find out exactly what people in this profession do on a daily basis. Our profiles are all compiled based on one-on-one interviews with real auto body technicians, so you can learn insider information on what the profession is really like.


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