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Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage

Also called: Automobile Damage Appraiser (Auto Damage Appraiser), Automobile Appraiser (Auto Appraiser), Material Damage Appraiser, Appraiser

What they do:
Appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine repair costs for insurance claim settlement. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations. May seek agreement with automotive repair shop on repair costs.
On the job, you would:
  • Estimate parts and labor to repair damage, using standard automotive labor and parts cost manuals and knowledge of automotive repair.
  • Review repair cost estimates with automobile repair shop to secure agreement on cost of repairs.
  • Examine damaged vehicle to determine extent of structural, body, mechanical, electrical, or interior damage.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • App Software Associations AppTrak.net
  • Cost estimating software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Information Services Inc. CCC Pathways Appraisal Solution
  • Meridian Technologies SurePoint
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$58,610
per year, on average
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