• Mar 30, 2007
If you're about to graduate high school and have abso-friggin-lutely no idea how you'll make money after your parents cut you off, Manpower Inc. says the three career paths mostly likely to offer jobs are teaching, sales and mechanics.
Though we highly respect those who choose to form young minds, we wouldn't want days filled with screaming kids and badly written book reports filled with horrid spelling, redundancy, incomplete thoughts, comma splices and redundancy.

In sales you might get lucky enough to sell (and occasionally drive) high-end German sports cars, but more likely you'd either get stuck peddling vacuum cleaners door to door or, worse, pushing high-interest loans on unsuspecting economy car shoppers.

That leaves car repair as Autoblog readers' only logical choice from Manpower's list. Sure, you'd be expected to fix family members' 1982 Caravans for free every time the transmission went bad (weekly), but knowing the intricate workings of complex machinery is both fascinating and lucrative. Other benefits? All your classmates who chose teaching instead of wrenching will hand you large sums of money to make annoying underhood sounds go away. If you're good, the customers of those high-end German sports car salesmen will bring you their toys to tune (as well as large sums of money). And if you're really good, you'll figure out how to keep the more fun cars for weeks after fixing them and not get caught (hint: roll back the odometer and remove all the Vegas receipts from the console).

Just remember, Class of 2007, the world is yours. The silver Porsche is mine. Sell enough vacuum cleaners and get your own.

[Source: MSNBC]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      i entered that field at the age of 25, spent 4 years working at dealerships and left feeling very bitter. i found that the pay is low and the mechanic is the last stop when b.s. gets kicked downhill. even though i was a relative newbie, i consistently was among the top few techs in each of the shops i worked in. i passed 5 out of the 8 a.s.e. certifications easily(i quit before i could take them all, i didn't fail any) and often had the lowest rate of comebacks in the whole shop. you would think this would translate into better wages and more respect but it didn't. the culture of auto repair tends to coddle the butchers who cannot handle anything but the most simple repairs while giving the really tough problems(usually warranty electrical work) to the ones who can best handle it. the problem is that once you take a tough problem for the shop you are rarely rewarded with what is known as "gravy work" or the easy stuff that pays well. to underscore the pay issue, in the 70's shops and techs split labor charges 50/50 generally. nowadays you are lucky to get 20-25% of the labor charges the shop brings in, despite the fact that cars are more complex than ever. many old-timers advised me to get out of the business while i was still young enough. i did, thankfully. i still love working on cars but the business is a bad deal for anyone smart enough to be good at it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, a flat rate warranty job always pays the bills
      • 7 Years Ago
      hmmm,not a bad looking girl,wonder whats under that gown?sorry thinking out loud
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think you're missing the point of porker's story, he traded his Toyota for a Chevy and the price went down, he didn't talk about shopping around or his credit or record changing, everything was static except the vehicles.

      Anyone on here who tells you that the import prices aren't higher than domestic part to part is just fooling themselves or lying. Even at parts stores that carry aftermarket parts, the parts are typically higher for foreign make cars than domestics.

      On top of that, look at the domestic vs foreign design, the domestics really (generally) make the vehicle easier to work on.

      My belief is that this is part of the PR twist they have put on quality. Make it harder to work on and less of the non-qualified people are messing with it. They bring it back to the dealer or repair shop for the work and are afraid to not maintain it. This is the only positive in the whole situation, the car is more well maintained and will therefore last longer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      thanks for the useful story harumph. interesting stuff.

      and yeah porker... let's base some more opinions on what the insurance company says. after all, they're known for their logic, fairness, and honesty. we should probably trust them as a reliable source for all information.
      on a related note, i just paid for insurance for a new vehicle i bought. i got quotes for full coverage ranging from below $600 a year to over $7600 a year from different companies. i'm pretty sure half the people in that market have lost their minds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      manpower?! ugh.

      I worked for them in college. how depressing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11- then explain why my insurance went down when I threw away my blown-up 1991 toyota truck and replaced it with a 1993 Full-Size Chevy Truck. The insurance company said it was because of the huge difference in prices for parts for the toyota and the Chevy. (something I had already experienced) The Chevy needs much less maintenance, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      gearhead748: Good point.

      Being a mechanic is a great job, especially if you repair very expensive, yet often unreliable cars like Audi and Porsche.

      I have a relative that is a mechanic for the above makes and makes more dough than both my wife and I combined. Of course he works his butt off to make it, but at least makes a good living doing it.

      Mechanics are truly technicians now and pretty well educated. My relative is also extremely professional, wearing latex gloves to protect the car from grease and grim.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Um, if you're smart enough to get an engineering degree, there are a ton of engineering job's available. The auto-industry may not be hiring, but just about everyone else is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      too bad it's hard if not nearly impossible to find teaching jobs in michigan... kinda like an automotive career....huh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "screaming kids and badly written book reports filled with horrid spelling, redundancy, incomplete thoughts, comma splices and redundancy."

      Sounds a lot like some of the people that post here. I guess we're not paying the teachers enough these days.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #14 Easy..
      Several reasons:
      Toyota has more resale value, more likely to be stolen, isnt a fleet vehicle,and isnt as likely to give you mechanical trouble for one set of reasons.
      Addtionally:
      Insurance companies look at a wide variety of variables.
      Examples:
      Age? How many times you have been in an accident? the area of which you live? 4wd?, 2wd?.. engine size?.. does it have airbags? ABS?.. a whole ton of ways to get you to pay more Or LESS.
      I remember all the questions I got on my last vehicle I bought that surely was under a type of internal "sliding scale".
      Its not all about who makes it, but if you have something the insurance company deems "excessive" (even bad credit).. your world of paying insurance can be bitch no matter what you drive.
      Its interesting because I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon and my insurance is 1/2 what it is for my slightly younger girlfriend with no kind of accidents or tickets whatsoever.
      Pricing through Allstate, Progressive, or Statefarm, the price of insurance cost varies GREATLY.
      Geico was by far the best for me, and her.

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