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Auto Sales Up: How About Hiring in Automotive Sector?

While we are all very happy yo see the “Big 3” rebounding with great sales figures, does that necessarily translate to better hiring figures for the sector overall?


Wanted Analytics brings us the data and a breakdown of skills needed in the industry.


March auto sales reports show one of the strongest months in the past few years – GM, Ford, and Chrysler all reported increases in car sales last month. Does the recent increases in car sales mean that the auto manufacturers are hiring more? We looked at online job ads over the first 3 months in 2012 to see what positions and skills are most demanded in this industry.


In the first 3 months of 2012, more than 6,000 job listings were posted online in the auto manufacturing industry. Despite strong sales, hiring has been down about 13% compared to the same 3-month period in 2011. January and March each brought more than 2,200 online job ads, while February came in slightly under that with 1,900 posting across the US in the auto industry. Most of the jobs were seen in the Detroit metro area, where hiring demand has more than doubled during the last 3 months compared to 2011. There were more than 1,300 online job ads posted by auto manufacturers over these 3 months.


Hiring Demand by Motor Vehicle and Parts Manufacturers – 4 Year Hiring Trend



Hiring Demand in Auto Industry 

Source: WANTED Analytics


Demand for each occupation is somewhat mixed.  Production workers have increased about 46% over the past year, with Managers of Production and Mechanic workers seeing the highest volume of ads in this field. However, technology jobs have declined by about 3%. Interestingly, while Industrial Engineers has declined versus last year, the volume of job ads for Electrical Engineers has grown about 20%. Could this increase be caused by more electrical and hybrid vehicles hitting the market?


Some of the most commonly required skills in job ads within the auto manufacturing industry are:


  1. Microsoft Office
  2. Failure modes and effects analysis
  4. The MathWorks MATLAB
  5. Autodesk AutoCAD
  6. Structured query language (SQL)
  7. Materials management
  8. IBM Lotus Notes
  9. Hyperion
  10. Production control
  11. Data acquisition
  12. Statistical process control
  13. Linux
  14. Geometric dimensioning and tolerance
  15. Enterprise Resource Planning Software

The common tools and technologies that employers want potential candidates to have will vary by position. However, most of the above required skills are engineering and technology related. Since Engineers are among the most demanded occupations, this isn’t surprising.


The 10 certifications required most were also engineering related, with a few IT and financial certifications:


  1. Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  2. Structural Finite Element Analysis Engineer (FEA)
  3. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  4. Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  5. Design for Manufacturability and Assembly (DFM, DFA)
  6. General Educational Development (GED)
  7. Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
  8. Six Sigma Green Belt
  9. Six Sigma Black Belt
  10. Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
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