Automotive Industry Workers


Overview

Automotive Industry Workers

Introduction

Automotive industry workers are the people who work in the parts production and assembly plants of automobile manufacturers. Their labor involves work from the smallest part to the completed automobiles. Automotive industry workers read specifications, design parts, build, maintain, and operate machinery and tools used to produce parts, and assemble the automobiles.

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Median Salary

$56,680

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

On-the-job training


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

Salaries vary widely for automotive industry workers depending on their job and how long they've been with the company. Pay scales in the automotive vehicle manufacturing industry are moderately higher than in the automotive parts manufacturing industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor in May 2018, first-line supervisors of all production and operating workers, including automobile ma...

Work Environment

Working as a production worker in an automotive plant can be stressful, depending on the worker's personality, job duties, and management expectations. Assembly line workers have little control over the speed at which they must complete their work. They can generally take breaks only when scheduled. Plants can also be very noisy.  Automotive production workers must follow several safety precaut...

Outlook

Employment in the larger manufacturing sector is forecast to decline by 640,700 between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Jobs for assemblers and fabricators (26 percent of whom work for transportation equipment manufacturers) will decline 11 percent through 2028. Advancements in robotics, automation, and manufacturing processes and tools are expected to have a negative ...

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