The automotive-repair industry hosts a variety of career opportunities beyond the strictly labor-oriented. A position as a service writer is one such position.
A service writer works at a garage or dealership. He is responsible for writing repair orders, communicating them to the mechanic and estimating the final cost to the consumer.
Vocational training or job site training is necessary for work in the field. Service writers take classes online or through a community college setting to gain the skills required for the job.
According to PayScale, a service writer is typically paid $25,000 to $55,000 annually, based on how many years of experience she has.
The top five cities for service-writer jobs, notes the Indeed Job Search website in 2009, are New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco and Boston.
A service writer interacts with the consumers and mechanics, acting as an informative middleman between the two. With a knowledge of the industry and active part in the automotive trade, a service writer can still be involved in this area of interest without involving himself in manual labor.