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Career and Education Opportunities for Auto Body Painters in North Dakota

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its biggest city is Fargo.

Bismarck, North Dakota provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for auto body painters. About ninety people are currently employed as auto body painters in North Dakota. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 11% to about 100 people employed. This is better than the national trend for auto body painters, which sees this job pool growing by about 0.8% over the next eight years. In general, auto body painters operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

A person working as an auto body painter can expect to earn about $17 hourly or $36,380 yearly on average in North Dakota and about $17 per hour or $37,150 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for auto body painters are better than in the overall category of Painting and Coating in North Dakota, and better than the overall Painting and Coating category nationally.

There are six schools of higher education in the Bismarck area, including one within twenty-five miles of Bismarck where you can get a degree to start your career as an auto body painter. Given that the most common education level for auto body painters is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become an auto body painter if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. About 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Fargo Air Museum, the West Acres Regional Shopping Center, and the Children's Museum at Yunker Farm.

CITIES WITH Auto Body Painter OPPORTUNITIES IN North Dakota


JOB DESCRIPTION: Auto Body Painter

In general, auto body painters operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

Every day, auto body painters are expected to be able to distinguish between colors. It is also important that they twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in North Dakota include:

  • Decorative Painter. Paint, coat, or decorate articles, such as furniture, glass, or leather.
  • Solderer. Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

LOCATION INFORMATION: North Dakota

North Dakota
North Dakota photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

North Dakota has a population of 646,844, which has grown by 0.72% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Flickertail State," its capital is Bismarck, though its largest city is Fargo. In 2008, there were a total of 498,718 jobs in North Dakota. The average annual income was $39,874 in 2008, up from $36,678 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in North Dakota was 4.3% in 2009, which has grown by 1.1% since the previous year. Approximately 22.0% of North Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in North Dakota include farm product raw material merchant wholesalers, farm machinery merchant wholesalers, and lawn equipment stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Red River Valley Genealogical Society, the Gallery 4 Ltd, and the West Acres Regional Shopping Center.