Auto detailers clean and refresh the insides and outsides of vehicles.
Auto detailers clean and refresh the insides and outsides of vehicles.
Cleaner, Light Duty Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner
In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.
The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:
In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.
Interest in operating specialized cleaning equipment
Interest in comparing to inspect surfaces for dust, dirt, grease and other deposits; and in cleaning the interior and exterior of vehicles
Interest in selecting appropriate vehicle cleaning equipment
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It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.
Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.
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A Quick Guide
You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.
The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.
The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.
Auto detailers make cars and trucks look as new as possible. They do this for owners, dealerships, rental services, and insurance companies. Duties and methods vary. But in general, auto detailers:
Experienced auto detailers also may touch up chipped paint, tint windows and repair or replace upholstery.
Auto detailing is repetitive. It is physically demanding and requires lifting heavy equipment such as polishers and buffers. It involves handling chemicals and working in environments that may contain allergens such as pet hair.
This work is often seasonal in Alberta.
Auto detailers should look clean and neat. They need:
They should enjoy:
In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.
This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 99 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jun 02, 2022 and Oct 05, 2022.
Review these skills to learn:
|Tasks: Clean interior and exterior of motor vehicles||50|
|Attention to detail||46|
|Tasks: Operate cleaning machines||45|
|Construction Specialization: Organized||40|
|Construction Specialization: Team player||40|
|Construction Specialization: Flexibility||39|
|Tasks: Wash and clean interior and exterior windows and other glass surfaces||38|
|Tasks: Vacuum floors||37|
|Construction Specialization: Reliability||36|
|Construction Specialization: Dependability||35|
There are no standard education requirements for auto detailers. But employers generally prefer applicants who have a valid driver’s licence, a good driving record, and related experience or a high school diploma. Basic reading and math skills are needed. Employers who cater to the trucking industry tend to require applicants to have the licences needed to drive certain types of trucks.
Auto detailers are trained on the job. They can also take short courses offered by auto and car care product makers. They need to be able to choose and use cleaning agents, solvents, and equipment that will get the job done without damage. They usually start with simpler tasks. They may take on more complex work as they learn more and get experience.
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Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.
There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.
Auto detailers work at car washes, car dealerships, and shops that specialize in auto detailing.
Experienced auto detailers may move into related occupations, such as automobile accessories installer or auto body technician. They may also advance to supervisory positions. Some auto detailers may start their own businesses.
This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.
In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.
In the 6732: Specialized cleaners occupational group, 75.8% of people work in:
Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
In Alberta, the 6732: Specialized cleaners occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 135 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.
There is a relatively high employment turnover rate in this occupation so demand for new workers is fairly steady. However, there often are many applicants for vacant positions.
Auto detailers may earn an hourly wage or be paid per job or vehicle.
In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.
Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.
All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.
To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.
Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.
Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.
|Wages*||Low (5th percentile)||High (95th percentile)||Average||Median|
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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.
Pay brackets for hourly wages
|Transportation and Warehousing||$42,342|
|Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)||$32,033|
|Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing||$24,776|
|Information, Culture, Recreation||$9,141|
Updated Mar 31, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.