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Schools and Degrees

These electronics technicians are expected to obtain training at vocational schools. Individuals may also opt for an associate's degree for career advancement.

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Training and Education

Employees often find employers are looking for a postsecondary vocational award. Automotive electronics technicians, in 7% of cases, have bachelor's degree or higher. After high school, 39% of workers pursued some additional career education. Employees, in 54% of cases, had only a high school education.


Job Overview

These professionals are responsible for installing and repairing the security, communications, sound, and navigation equipment of automobiles. They are also referred to as auto electricians and electronic equipment installers.


Job Requirements

Although licensing is not mandatory in all states, these professionals are expected to obtain informal training under experienced workers. They may also choose to sign up for a recognized apprenticeship program.

These professionals are required to be familiar with software like True Audio WinSpeakerz, LinearTeam WinISD, Harris Tech X.over Pro, and Harris Tech BassBox. They have to possess effective communication skills so that they can understand the needs of their customers, ask appropriate questions, and then explain how the equipment that they intend to install or repair will affect the automobiles. Auto electronics technicians have to possess good trouble shooting skills.


Nature of Work

Auto technicians have to determine the nature of the problem when a customer comes to them with their automobile. Their tasks involve the use of instruments such as voltmeters and oscilloscopes for testing and inspecting the electronic systems so that the malfunctioning parts of the equipment can be identified. They have to provide estimates for repairing or installing electronic equipment on the basis of labor charges and costs of the parts. While repairing or installing different electronics equipment in the car, they have to solder connections and splice wires as and when required. They also have to remove the interiors of doors, carpeting, and seats while installing or repairing parts. At times they also use electric drills to make holes or cut openings for installing fixtures.


Area Job Conditions

Automotive electronics technicians -of-a-feather seem to flock to Bismarck (North Dakota), Pensacola (Florida), and Stockton (California). They are less likely to be found around Kansas City (Missouri), Detroit (Michigan), and Indianapolis (Indiana).

Compensation of workers is best in Seattle (Washington), Olympia (Washington), and West Palm Beach (Florida), and much worse in Tucson (Arizona), Virginia Beach (Virginia), and Stockton (California).


Part-Time and Self Employment

Automotive electronics technicians employed part-time are 4% of the total. Workers, in about 5% of cases, work for themselves.


Automotive Electronics Technicians by Metropolitan Area (city and its surroundings)

In the table below, a Job Density near 0% means the area has an average number of people in this occupation, for its population. A higher or lower Job Density (e.g., +22% or -45%) tells you there are that many more or fewer workers of that type there than in the average US metro area. So, the higher the number, the more common the occupation.

Alabama

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Birmingham $28,000 40 +35%

Arizona

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Phoenix $27,000 100 -7%
Tucson $28,000 150 +633%

California

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Los Angeles $29,000 670 +171%
Oakland $30,000 290 +378%
Riverside $37,000 260 +255%
Sacramento $29,000 120 +128%
San Diego $36,000 140 +76%
San Francisco $33,000 40 -34%
Santa Ana $35,000 130 +47%

District of Columbia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Washington $31,000 110 -26%

Florida

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Fort Lauderdale $29,000 250 +491%
Orlando $26,000 130 +110%
Tampa $30,000 60 -14%

Georgia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Atlanta $27,000 230 +63%

Illinois

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Chicago $35,000 190 -17%

Indiana

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Indianapolis $32,000 70 +29%

Maryland

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Baltimore $30,000 50 -37%
Bethesda $26,000 40 +14%

Massachusetts

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Boston $24,000 120 +13%

Michigan

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Grand Rapids $25,000 50 +121%
Warren $33,000 80 +22%

Minnesota

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Minneapolis $34,000 220 +103%

Missouri

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
St Louis $28,000 100 +23%

Nebraska

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Omaha $34,000 30 +6%

Nevada

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Las Vegas $27,000 60 +16%

New Hampshire

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Manchester 40 +582%

New Jersey

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Edison $30,000 210 +236%
Newark $26,000 60 -1%

New Mexico

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Albuquerque $34,000 30 +29%

New York

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Albany $30,000 130 +378%
Nassau $35,000 130 +68%
New York $26,000 570 +79%

North Carolina

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Charlotte $38,000 170 +227%
Raleigh $37,000 60 +92%

North Dakota

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bismarck $28,000 30 +743%

Ohio

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Cincinnati $33,000 100 +62%
Cleveland $32,000 120 +93%
Columbus $32,000 50 -11%
Toledo $34,000 50 +185%

Pennsylvania

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Erie $29,000 30 +306%

Rhode Island

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Providence $31,000 90 +167%

South Carolina

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Sumter $24,000 40 +2312%

Tennessee

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Memphis $33,000 80 +114%

Texas

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Austin $27,000 40 -16%
Dallas $37,000 140 +9%
Fort Worth $28,000 120 +128%
Laredo $24,000 70 +1508%

Virginia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Richmond $33,000 50 +34%
Virginia Beach $24,000 200 +334%
Winchester $26,000 40 +1415%

Washington

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Olympia $37,000 30 +437%
Seattle $45,000 240 +181%

Wisconsin

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Milwaukee $46,000 130 +157%
*FOOTNOTES: Job Facts salary and numbers data is based on US Department of Labor Statistics data for 2011. Other data on page may be from earlier years. Typical salary is given as median salary, where 50% in the job make more and 50% less. Salary range is Job Hunt's estimates of typical starting salary as being at the 10th percentile of reported pay and typical top end salary, for the most senior workers, as being at the 90th. Job openings is an estimate of new jobs every year due to growth plus those leaving the field. Where NA is given data is not available. Suggested studies is based on Job Hunt research, suggesting a minimum degree level that is judged to offer the best opportunities for entry-level employment. This Motor Vehicle Electronics Installers and Repairers schools and career page was originally researched by CityTownInfo.com.