3 Terrific Reasons to Get Automotive Training in New Jersey
Motor vehicles are just about everywhere. Nearly all of us either drive or ride in them on a regular basis. And they all need to be maintained. That much is obvious. But did you know that New Jersey is an especially enticing place to develop practical expertise in automotive technology? Here's why:
1. The Demand Is Strong
Northern New Jersey—including areas like Bergen, Middlesex, and Union counties—is close to New York City, which is a major center of employment for many people in the Northeast. As a result, the region's highways are full of daily commuters who put a lot of wear and tear on their vehicles.
In fact, a number of statistics show why this state is one of America's best markets for automotive maintenance and repair. Just take a look at these facts:
- New Jersey is home to more than 2,700 vehicle dealerships and over 10,000 repair and aftermarket service facilities.*
- The employment of automotive service technicians in New Jersey is expected to grow by 5.5 percent from 2012 to 2022. That equates to about 660 job openings each year. And opportunities for bus, truck, and diesel mechanics is projected to grow by 5.3 percent, which equals about 200 annual job openings.**
- New Jersey is one of only a few states in which all (or nearly all) of the population lives within a metropolitan area. In NJ, the number of persons per square mile is over 12 and a half times higher than the national average. And that equates to a higher density of vehicles.****
- The per-capita disposable income in this state is nearly 24 percent higher than the countrywide average, allowing many NJ car and truck owners to spend more money on regular vehicle maintenance and necessary repairs.****
2. Wages Are Often Very Good
New Jersey is among America's top-paying states for this vocation. In fact, in 2015, the average hourly wage for an auto technician in NJ was $22.65 (about $47,120 yearly). That was about 15.6 percent higher than the national average for the trade. Plus, some auto mechanics in the state made over $71,700 a year.***
And diesel technicians can earn even more. The average New Jersey wage in that area of the trade was $26.13 per hour (about $54,340 annually), which was 17.8 percent higher than the national average. The highest earners made more than $74,600 a year.***
3. You Get to Learn More About What You Love
As a car or truck enthusiast, you may already know a lot about certain kinds of vehicles. But just imagine having professional-level knowledge that you can make a living from. New Jersey automotive schools frequently offer training programs that cover fascinating areas like:
- Using special tools such as computerized diagnostic equipment
- Assembling and disassembling vehicle engines, transmissions, and other systems
- Understanding important differences between different vehicle makes and models
- Maintaining the fuel, braking, and other advanced systems of large trucks, buses, trailers, and construction machines
How to Get Started
To get your start in this promising industry, find the New Jersey automotive schools that are nearest to you. Simply enter your zip code below to begin!
* Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, website last visited on January 26, 2017.
** State of New Jersey, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, website last visited on May 11, 2015.
*** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, website last visited on April 21, 2016.
**** National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Auto Insurance Database Report 2011/2012, document last accessed on May 19, 2015.