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Fix-it careers: Jobs in repair

Think youíve got a way with tools? Hereís how to turn those skills into a career.

Are you interested in how things work—and how to fix them when they donít? Then your career world is wide open. From auto mechanic to HVAC technicians, many occupations require repair skills.

For jobseekers with the right skills, there are many advantages to a repair career. Repair work provides millions of jobs throughout the United States. Wages are often higher than average. And in many occupations, the employment outlook is bright. Plus, most repair jobs donít require a 4-year college degree.

In todayís market, however, repairers need more than mechanical ability in their skills toolbox. Proficiency in mathematics and writing are important for workers in many of the fastest growing repair occupations. And those who understand and keep up with technology usually have an advantage.

Keep reading to learn more about repair occupations and what it takes to get started in a career.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2010