Automotive body and glass repairers held about 169,100 jobs in 2014. About 66 percent worked in automotive repair and maintenance shops and 17 percent worked for automobile dealers. About 1 in 10 automotive body and glass repairers were self-employed in 2014.
Body repairers typically work indoors in body shops, which are often noisy. Most shops are well ventilated, so that dust and paint fumes can be dispersed. Glass installers and repairers often travel to the customer's location to repair damaged windshields and window glass.
Automotive body and glass repairers sometimes work in awkward and cramped positions, and their work can be physically demanding.
Injuries and Illnesses
Automotive body repairers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. These workers commonly suffer minor injuries, such as cuts, burns, and scrapes. Following safety procedures helps to avoid serious accidents.
Most automotive body and glass repairers work full time. When shops have to complete a backlog of work, overtime is common. This often includes working evenings and weekends.