Florida, also known as The Sunshine State lies on the southeastern part of the United States. As of 2011, the population of Florida is approximately 19 million. This is the state that has two thirds of the population moving in from other parts of the country. There is also a large illegal immigrant population. The largest city is Jacksonville and Florida’s capital city is Tallahassee. The metropolitan areas of Florida include Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Bradenton-Sarasota. Car wrap Melbourne

Country wide, the number of automotive technicians was 763,700 in 2008. These technicians and mechanics worked either in auto shops or with auto dealers. Some of them also found employment with other related areas such as tire stores and automotive parts’ outlets. There is an expected growth of 5% between 2008 and 2018.

Automotive technicians perform a variety of tasks including general service and maintenance and specialized repairs using advanced technology. Routine maintenance only involves oiling the engines and cleaning the plugs. A few parts may also be either repaired or replaced. However, there is a need for highly qualified technicians with knowledge of computers and how it impacts the entire functioning of the vehicle. Therefore, there are specialized jobs for transmission or tune-up technicians. Then, there are the air-conditioning repairers, brake repairers, etc.

Currently, there are around 587,510 jobs that do not include self employed mechanics or technicians. Of these, the highest number find employment with auto repair and maintenance shops with 220,680 jobs at an hourly mean wage of $16.92 and annual mean wage of $35,200. The automotive dealers have 185,670 jobs at an hourly and annual mean wages of $20.59 and $42,830, respectively. The highest wages are with local government at an hourly and annual mean wage of $21.94 and $45,640, respectively.

Florida has the fourth highest number of jobs with 35,150. These jobs pay an hourly mean wage of $18.05 and annual mean wage of $37,550. Among the metropolitan areas, Punta Gorda has 340 jobs and pays a mean hourly wage of $16.59 and mean annual wage of $34,510.in Tampa, the median wage is $32,012 and the mechanics that fall between the 10th and 25th percentile earn salaries between $24,005 and $27,821. Those earning higher than the median salary form the 75th and the 90th percentile earning $37,217 and $41,953, respectively. In Jacksonville, the median wage is $32,522. Those that earned less than the median fall between the 10th and the 25th percentile and earn between $24,387 and $28,264. Those that earn above the median fall between the 75th and the 90th percentile earn anywhere between $37,808 and $42,621. In Miami, the median wage is $33,262. The tenth percentile is paid $24,942 and the 25th percentile is paid $28,907. The highest wage is $43,591 and this is paid to the 90th percentile of automotive technicians.

The best automotive technician jobs go to the well trained and certified employee. These certifications are granted by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, and the ASE certified technician is in great demand.