The large, state-capital-of-California metro area of Sacramento County is home to more than 1,482,000 people, and it's growing by leaps and bounds — by 4.6 percent from 2010 through 2014, to be exact. It's safe to say that the majority of those individuals will turn to private transportation to get from place to place.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Sacramento County was home to 1,208,025 registered vehicles by the end of 2014. A number like that calls for many qualified auto mechanics and technicians. Fortunately, mechanic schools in Sacramento are poised to meet the demand with programs that qualify mechanics for work on cars, trucks, heavy vehicles and much more.
How much do Sacramento auto mechanics make?
Nationwide, auto mechanics made an average of $39,980 per year; in California the wage is quite a bit higher, at $44,230 per year. Sacramento auto mechanics can look forward to an even higher rate of pay, with an average of $46,790 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those who choose to attend Sacramento mechanic schools might opt to move away from the area and go to other parts of the state. For comparison, here are the 2014 average salaries for automotive technicians and mechanics in various areas of California:
- Los Angeles: $38,660
- San Diego: $42,890
- Fresno: $37,870
- Oakland: $51,430
Are there good employment opportunities for auto mechanics in Sacramento?
Yes. Auto mechanics across the state of California can look forward to robust growth, according to Projections Central. Employment of auto mechanics will grow by 15% from 2012 to 2022, much higher than the 9% growth expected across the nation. Plus, the Employment Development Department of the State of California reports an impressive 18.8% job growth for auto mechanics in the Sacramento area.
Those who choose to pursue further education and specialize in certain areas might see even better growth. The following jobs in the Sacramento market are showing excellent potential from 2012 to 2022:
- Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines: 28.2%
- Service station attendants: 27.9%
- Motorboat mechanics: 24.8%
- Farm equipment mechanics: 22.2%
- Vehicle and mobile equipment workers: 22%
- Tire repairers and changers: 20.8%
- Transportation and material-moving occupations: 20.2%
- Bus and truck mechanics: 20%
How do I become an auto mechanic in Sacramento?
There are numerous auto mechanic schools in Sacramento, but for the most discerning students, accreditation is key:
- The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation currently accredits three auto mechanic schools in a 10-mile radius of Sacramento, and another three within a 50-mile radius. Though there might be other schools in the area that offer auto mechanic and technician courses or degrees, keep in mind that NATEF accreditation can make a degree stand out among other applicants.
- Those who choose to work as an auto mechanic in the state of California, including Sacramento city or county, might need to obtain a professional license in order to work independently. Some high-end services and repairs require further licensing and certifications. Those who want to stand out from the crowd can obtain certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
Those who want to become auto mechanics can start their journey right here, with a look at the following list of mechanic schools in Sacramento.
- Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm
- Department of Motor Vehicles, Estimated Vehicles Registered by County, http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/add5eb07-c676-40b4-98b5-8011b059260a/est_fees_pd_by_county.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=add5eb07-c676-40b4-98b5-8011b059260a
- Find Accredited Schools, NATEF, http://www.natef.org/NATEF-and-You/Students-Parents/Find-Accredited-Schools.aspx?Address=sacramento%2c+cA&d=50&t=1&e=2
- Occupations with Fastest Job Growth (% change) in Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade MSA, State of California Economic Development Department, http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/cgi/databrowsing/localAreaProfileQSMoreResult.asp?viewAll=yes&viewAllUS=¤tPage=3¤tPageUS=&sortUp=&sortDown=&criteria=fast+growing+occupations&categoryType=employment&geogArea=0621040900×eries=&more=More&menuChoice=localAreaPro&printerFriendly=&BackHistory=-4&goTOPageText=
- Sacramento City and County, U.S. Census Quick Facts, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06067.html