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Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

14,500 Associate's Degrees Annually
300 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#4 in Popularity (Associate's)
$45,330 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many vehicle maintenance and repair graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 28,245
Basic Certificate 22,948
Associate’s Degree 14,505
Bachelor’s Degree 300

What Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to vehicle repair were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Vehicle Repair Majors

Vehicle Repair majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Vehicle Repair Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to vehicle repair:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities for Vehicle Repair Majors

As you progress with your vehicle repair degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

What Can You Do With a Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with vehicle repair:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 4.9% $62,920
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 8.5% $42,730
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers 6.6% $34,170
Automotive Master Mechanics 6.1% $40,710
Automotive Specialty Technicians 6.1% $40,710
Avionics Technicians 6.3% $64,140
Bicycle Repairers 29.8% $28,960
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 9.3% $47,350
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment 2.9% $60,340
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7.1% $66,140
Motorcycle Mechanics 0.5% $36,790
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 10.4% $35,400
Painters, Transportation Equipment 6.5% $42,280

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair?

14,505 Associate's Degrees Annually
6% Percent Women
39% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen trade school majors. It is the 4th most popular in the country with 14,500 students graduating with an associate’s in vehicle repair in 2019. This major attracts more men than women. About 94% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of vehicle repair majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Vehicle Repair Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 555
Black or African American 821
Hispanic or Latino 3,408
White 7,939
International Students 209
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,573

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Vehicle Repair. About 1.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahamas
  • Bermuda

How Much Do Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Vehicle Repair majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $39,260 to $61,460 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Major  ( 39260 to 61460 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with vehicle repair require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to vehicle repair have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 8.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 37.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 36.6%
Some College Courses 7.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.5%
Master’s Degree 0.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.1%

Online Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 970 schools offered some type of vehicle maintenance and repair program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1,030 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,450 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 342 2
Associate’s Degree 1,102 6
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1,030 4
Master’s Degree 1 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Worth It?

The median salary for a vehicle repair grad is $45,330 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 14% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $108,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to vehicle repair.

Major Number of Grads
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,885
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017
Mechanics & Repairers 505

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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