Automotive Engineers


Overview

Automotive Engineers

Introduction

Automotive engineers are employed by car and truck manufacturers as well as parts suppliers to design and build entire vehicles or individual parts or systems. They may work on the vehicle's engine design, aerodynamics, performance and fuel efficiency, safety features, ergonomics, and more. Approximately 257,900 industrial engineers are employed in the United States, and about 18 percent work in the transportation equipment manufacturing sector.

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Median Salary

$88,340

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training


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Experience

Internships


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

Engineers earn some of the highest starting salaries of any career. Salaries for industrial engineers employed across all industries ranged from less than $56,470 to $132,340 or more in 2018. Salaries for mechanical engineers employed across all industries ranged from less than $56,270 to more than $136,550. Salaries for electrical engineers across all industries ranged from less than $61,190 t...

Work Environment

Automotive engineers do the majority of their work inside an office. They often are assisted by clerical support staff or research and technical staff members located in offices nearby. Many times, automotive engineers are required to spend at least part of their time on a specific work site. They may find themselves at manufacturing sites or on an assembly line to work on special projects, or ...

Outlook

Through 2028, automotive engineers are expected to enjoy average employment growth (4 percent). Despite periodic employment contractions tied to the overall U.S. economy, the automotive industry remains one of the largest employers in the United States, and positions will continue to be available as workers retire or leave the field for other reasons. Automotive engineers who stay current conce...

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