Are you a car lover? Not just someone who appreciates cars or is fond of them, but someone who prides him or herself on knowing that the 1966 Jensen FF was the first car equipped with anti-lock brakes, that the 1970 Oldsmobile 442 was capable of doing 0-60 MPH in less than six seconds, or that the Volkswagen Beetle was originally called “Kraft durch Freude Wage” — which translated means: “strength through joy car” (while we’re at it, here are some other terrible car names).
Well, if you’re a self-described and irredeemable gear-head, then here are five rewarding and profitable career paths that might be perfect for you:
1) Automobile Journalist
If you think that being an automotive journalist means spending all of your time at your keyboard, then think again! Automobile journalists get to go to car shows and conventions, interview designers and engineers, and best of all, they’re among the first people to test drive new cars.
2) Automotive Instructor
If you can change your car’s oil with your eyes closed and understand what’s under the hood (and the rest of a vehicle for that matter), then you find career happiness as an automotive instructor. You’ll spend your time teaching students — usually high school and college level — about things like repair, maintenance, engineering, and design. Depending on where you teach, you may need a teaching certificate or license or well, so keep that in mind.
3) Tow Truck Driver
Tow truck drivers get the same treatment as lawyers: they aren’t appreciated until you’re in trouble, and then they’re the most important people in your life. As a tow truck driver, you’ll help people get out of dangerous situations, or you might help a city or property owner enforce compliance. What’s more, you’ll often be first on the scene after an accident, which means that you could save lives — or at least, prevent injuries from getting worse while waiting for emergency vehicles to arrive.
4) Classic Car Restorer
If you’re extremely detail-oriented and love the idea of bringing old and often celebrated vehicles back to life — like a glorious 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 R — then you’ll probably love working in a classic car restoration shop. You’ll spend most of your time working in the garage, but you’ll also develop relationships with classic car parts suppliers, and of course you’ll be communicating with customers who entrust you to restore and maintain their beloved vehicle.
5) Car Sales Manager
If you’re willing to work hard and spend a few years on the showroom floor learning the ropes, then you might find your calling as a successful car sales manager. You’ll recruit, motivate and manage your sales force, maintain inventory, develop financial forecasts, spearhead marketing and advertising campaigns, and the list goes on. It’s an exciting, dynamic and well-paying career option where you could earn 6-figures with bonuses — plus you’ll get plenty of perks, including a free or deeply discounted new vehicles to drive!