Automotive Service Technician Career Outlook

Projected Job Growth


Data from Lightcast, representing our 11-County District



Employed in Related Field


2018-2022 Graduate Follow-Up Survey

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Average Yearly Salary

2022-2025 Lightcast data based on Northwood Tech's 11-County District


Typical positions available at automobile dealerships or repair shops after graduation include:

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Brake Technician

Brake technicians diagnose brake system problems, adjust brakes, replace brake rotors and pads, and make other repairs on brake systems. Some technicians specialize in both brake and front-end work.

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Drivability Technician

Drivability Technicians, also known as diagnostic technicians, use their extensive knowledge of engine management and fuel, electrical, ignition and emissions systems to diagnose issues that prevent engines from performing efficiently. They often use the onboard diagnostic system of a car and electronic testing equipment such as scan tools and multimeters to find the malfunction. 

Additional opportunities include: 

  • Automotive Service Technician

  • Suspension and Alignment Technician

  • Quick Service Technician

  • Lube Technician

  • Auto Service Writer

  • Automotive Parts Technician

Transfer Opportunities

You can continue your education to obtain the Automotive Technician two-year technical diploma at Northwood Tech, and continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Hear From Graduates

"When you got to school here, you really felt like you were in a professional field. The vehicles that we worked on were actual customer vehicles, so you were held accountable for that."


Samantha, Automotive Service Technician graduate

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