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Automotive: Career and Education Opportunities in Oregon

Automotive: Automotive mechanics and technicians build and maintain our cars, trucks and SUVs. Working on a wide range of vehicles, they provide a valuable service that keeps the country mobile.

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Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.


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Auto Body Mechanic

Auto Body Mechanics repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames. Auto Body Mechanics need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults. They also need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis.
Auto Glass Installer

Auto Glass Installers replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles. Auto Glass Installers need to install equipment in line with existing requirements. They also need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions.
Auto Mechanic

Auto Mechanics repair automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. Auto Mechanics need to diagnose equipment problems and failures. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.