16. Automotive Technician/Mechanic
What They Do: Moving up two spots on this year’s list, mechanics are still in demand by the Military Friendly® Employers. Some call them technicians, but regardless of the title they troubleshoot, fix, inspect and maintain cars and light trucks.
Hot Job Titles:
- Auto Technician
- Automotive Service Technician
- Certified ASE Master Automotive Technician
- Master Automotive Technician
- Master Technician
- Shop Foreman
- Truck Technician
Median Annual Salary: $38,470*
Why It’s Hot: The BLS projects 6% job growth through 2026.
What You’ll Need: Most employers prefer mechanics with formal training, be it military training or a post-secondary program. Industry certification is typically required.