Be a Detailer: Job Description, Duties and Requirements

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Should I Become a Detailer?

Detailers, also known as vehicle cleaners, ensure that the vehicle's interior and exterior meet employer cleanliness standards. This occupation can be physically demanding and repetitive, with much leaning, crouching and reaching involved.

Career Requirements

Education Level High school diploma or equivalent; automotive certificate and degree programs available
Licensure/Certification None
Training On-the-job
Key Skills Communication, problem-solving, time-management, detail-oriented, knowledge of industrial cleaning equipment such as steam cleaners, vacuums, and cleaning agents; driver's license
Median Salary (2014)* $21,310

Sources: O*Net Online, ISEEK, Job listings from employers (October 2012), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2014)*

Getting into this career typically requires a high school diploma or equivalent (sometimes less). Additionally, automotive certificate and degree programs are available. A driver's license may also be required. Training is typically gained through on-the-job experience.

Key skills for detailers include communication, problem-solving, time-management, detail-oriented, knowledge of industrial cleaning equipment, such as steam cleaners, vacuums and cleaning agents. In 2014, median annual salary for detailers was $21,310, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Now let's take a look at the steps to becoming a detailer.

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Steps to Becoming a Detailer

Step One: Seek Employment

Detailer jobs typically require little experience or prior training, and tasks are often learned on the job. Employers may look for individuals capable of handling the physical rigors of the job, including pushing, pulling and lifting supplies or equipment, standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, and, for some detailers, working from significant heights. Auto detailers may be expected to be able to drive both automatic and manual transmission vehicles.

Step Two: Pursue Advancement

Experienced detailers may be able to find management positions. Knowledge of detailing equipment and chemicals, as well as an ability to work with and direct a number of individuals, can help lead to this career advancement. Employers may require several years of experience for prospective supervisors or managers.

To take your career further enroll in an automotive certificate or degree program. Programs like the auto basic maintenance and detailing technician certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Auto Collision Repair Technology can help students develop additional training. This type of training can also prepare students for related careers, such as maintenance technician or collision repair technician.

To recap, with on the job training and a high school diploma, detailers can earn about $21,000 a year to ensure the vehicle's interior and exterior meet employer cleanliness standards.

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