Career Choice: Auto technician

Description of career: Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks. Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good.

Education required: Some employers prefer automotive service technicians and mechanics who have completed a formal training program in a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.

Career choice: Agricultural technician

Career Description: Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.

Education required: Although a high school diploma is the typical education needed for entry, employers increasingly prefer to hire service technicians who have some postsecondary education. The majority of workers, however, still learn informally on the job.

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