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Automotive: Career and Education Opportunities in Washington

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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Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.


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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.
Motorcycle Mechanic

Motorcycle Mechanics diagnose, adjust, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, or similar motorized vehicles. Motorcycle Mechanics need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.