Given that the auto industry is one of the biggest in the world, it’s not too much of a surprise to hear that there are so many jobs and opportunities within it. But you don’t have to be an engineer, driver, or stuntman to enjoy a successful career if you have a love of cars – there is plenty more on the table in almost every sector.
Here are some alternatives to the engineering and manufacturing roles in the automotive job market that offers a lot of opportunities.
Wherever there are cars, there need to be salespeople. And if you have the gift of the gab and convince and convert prospects into buyers, there are not many industries better than car sector. You will need a good breadth of knowledge of all cars, of course especially if you want to work for a used dealer or even set up your own store. According to www.cbc.ca, there are a few tricks to learn while you are on the job, too.
There is an impressively broad range of customer service roles in the auto industry. You could be helping people pimp their cars by giving them advice at the likes of www.partsengine.ca, or even end up meeting and greeting at the world’s biggest automotive industry events and races. If you are good with people, know your stuff, and have a helpful and super friendly attitude, you can go far in this field if you put the work in.
Journalism and historian
The car magazine and journalism industry are massive, which is no surprise when you consider the vast amount of interest that new models and makes create when they are launched. You could write for your local newspaper, work your way up to the nationals, and maybe even end up with your own TV or radio show. Alternatively, you could write about the history of cars. There are many different areas of interest, from classic cars through to the powerful muscle cars and monster trucks, and if you are something of a wordsmith, nothing is stopping you from earning a living publishing auto industry books.
Statistician or accountant
If you are great with figures, you could try going down the statistician or commercial routes. Statisticians collect and analyze data on trends, performance, design, and development. Alternatively, you could end up working for one of the major auto brands, perhaps as an accountant and maybe ending up as a financial director.
Of course, if you have a genuine love of cars, you might want to teach others about the subject. You will be giving the next generation of mechanics or engineers the skills they need to build and repair the cars of the future, and it’s an incredibly rewarding role.
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