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672 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#59 in Popularity (Associate's)
$46,460 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Collision & Repair Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many autobody/collision and repair technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 2,566
Basic Certificate 1,904
Associate’s Degree 672

What Collision & Repair Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to autobody/collision and repair technology/technician and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills for Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

A major in autobody/collision and repair technology/technician prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Majors

A major in autobody/collision and repair technology/technician will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Collision & Repair Technology Major?

People with a autobody/collision and repair technology/technician degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 8.5% $42,730
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers 6.6% $34,170
Painters, Transportation Equipment 6.5% $42,280

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Collision & Repair Technology?

672 Associate's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 91% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of autobody/collision and repair technology/technician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 63
Hispanic or Latino 135
White 393
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 56

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Collision & Repair Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $36,370 to $46,460 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to autobody/collision and repair technology/technician. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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 Collision & Repair Technology Major  ( 36370 to 46460 )
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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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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with autobody/collision and repair technology/technician may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 10.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 49.8%
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) 28.3%
Some College Courses 7.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.4%

Online Collision & Repair Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 388 schools offered some type of autobody/collision and repair technology/technician 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) 190 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 297 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 42 0
Associate’s Degree 179 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 190 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
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 Collision & Repair Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a autobody/collision and repair technology/technician grad is $46,460 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 16% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $131,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to autobody/collision and repair technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 35,892
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 9,513
Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6,035
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,635
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician 2,541
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,126
Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician 664
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 570
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 512
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 465
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 331
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 298
Engine Machinist 153
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 114
Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance Technology/Technician 7

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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