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Career and Education Opportunities for Auto Body Painters in West Virginia

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and most populous city is Charleston.

There are currently 170 working auto body painters in West Virginia; this should grow 13% to 190 working auto body painters in the state by 2016. 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. Auto body painters generally operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, and airplanes.

Auto body painters earn approximately $13 per hour or $27,730 yearly on average in West Virginia. Nationally they average about $17 hourly or $37,150 yearly. Incomes for auto body painters are better than in the overall category of Painting and Coating in West Virginia, and better than the overall Painting and Coating category nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 the previous year. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Friends Of Blackwater Canyon, the West Virginia Humanities, and the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty.

CITIES WITH Auto Body Painter OPPORTUNITIES IN West Virginia


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 West Virginia 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: West Virginia

West Virginia
West Virginia photo by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

West Virginia has a population of 1,819,777, which has grown by 0.63% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mountain State," West Virginia's capital and biggest city is Charleston. In 2008, there were a total of 934,944 jobs in West Virginia. The average annual income was $31,634 in 2008, up from $30,121 in 2007. The unemployment rate in West Virginia was 7.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 14.8% of West Virginia residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in West Virginia include bituminous coal underground mining, plastics material manufacturing, and pipeline transportation. Notable tourist attractions include the P A Denny, the Robert C Byrd Health Sciences C of W Vrgna Unvrsty, and the Craik.