Is automotive body a good career?

Collision repair can be a very rewarding career for someone who likes hands-on work and working with cars. After an accident or collision of any kind, vehicles can be in poor condition and need the hands of an expert collision repair professional. There can be very good pay depending on your skills and efficiency. There aren't many opportunities for progress because there are technicians, estimators, managers and owners, and that's all in a store environment, but that doesn't mean there's no opportunity for salary increases and bonuses.

This is quite hard work, the aspect of stress that another commentator talks about depends on the store itself. Some stores are very relaxed and only go day by day, busy and disorganized stores can be chaos and constant deadlines are overlooked by you, but it all comes down to store management. Work can be hazardous if you don't follow proper PPE and OSHA guidelines, but many industry veterans who have ignored PPE for 25 years will say it's bad for their health. I've seen a lot of the old school kids who smoke 2 packs a day of sand and spray without a respirator for years and cough all day and say this is bad for you.

Working with cars can be wonderfully therapeutic, especially when you can enjoy the fruits of your own labor. You can always use these skills to keep your car in good shape, even if you don't want to do the job full time. An added bonus for people in auto repair careers is that there is a lot to love about the automotive industry.

Kimberly Philabaum
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