There has never been a better time to consider a career in the Collision and Auto Body Repair industry, which is expected to add 200,000 jobs over the next ten years.

Driving this growth is an aging workforce. More than half of the auto body technicians in the US are over the age of 50, and as they approach retirement, many new technicians will be needed to fill open positions.

Auto body repair is no longer about bondo and filler. If you love working with technology, this might be a great industry for you. Dozens of sensors throughout the vehicle must work together flawlessly to perform functions like automatic braking and lane departure warnings. After an accident, these sensors need to be recalibrated, requiring a technician to combine mechanical knowledge and technology to ensure the system is functioning correctly.

New vehicles also increasingly contain new body and frame materials, such as aluminum and composites. Combined with detailed repair instructions from vehicle manufacturers, unique training, tools, and equipment are necessary to restore a vehicle to its pre-accident condition.

If you’re not mechanically inclined, there are other great opportunities for you. Consumers expect great service and communications from their auto body shop, including regular updates on their vehicle’s progress (ask about ABRA’s Repair Share), electronic estimates, and work authorization. Repair providers and IT companies are continually adding employees to develop and maintain the integrated and complex systems necessary to support customer demand.

If you take pride in your work, are passionate about working with people, then consider a career in the auto body repair industry.