Electric vehicles have come a long way since General Motors produced the first modern electric automobile in 1996. With the recent introduction of the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, manufacturers of electric vehicles have made great strides in terms of technology and consumer acceptance. Electric cars are considered to be an important step towards reducing petroleum dependence, protecting the environment, and improving transportation sustainability. Many manufacturers have made major investments in electric automobile technology. The production of these vehicles will provide employment opportunities for many workers, particularly those with automotive manufacturing experience.
This report provides information on the relevant career fields in the production and maintenance of electric vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles.[ 1] The first sections explain the components and types of electric autos, followed by a section that profiles key occupations in the electric vehicle industry. This report focuses on occupations in research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, infrastructure development, and sales. The information for each occupation includes a brief job description; the credentials needed to work in these occupations, such as education, training, certification, or licensure; and wage data.
O*NET OnLine is sponsored by the Employment & Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and is developed by the National Center for O*NET Development. It includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. Students, job seekers, and workforce, business, and human resource professionals can find occupations to explore, search for occupations that use designated skills, browse occupations by high growth industry, identify key in-demand occupations, view occupation summaries and details, and use crosswalks from other classification systems, such as military or apprenticeship.
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