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.
- Vehicle Damage Appraiser
- Total Loss Specialist
- Physical Damage Appraiser
- Outside Physical Damage Appraiser
- Material Damage Appraiser
- Insurance Appraiser
- Field Inspector
- Field Appraiser
- Damage Appraiser
- Arrange to have damage appraised by another appraiser to resolve disagreement with shop on repair cost.
- Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost estimates and recommendations.
- Determine salvage value on total-loss vehicle.
- Evaluate practicality of repair as opposed to payment of market value of vehicle before accident.
- Examine damaged vehicle to determine extent of structural, body, mechanical, electrical, or interior damage.
- Review repair cost estimates with automobile repair shop to secure agreement on cost of repairs.
- Estimate parts and labor to repair damage, using standard automotive labor and parts cost manuals and knowledge of automotive repair.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CRE.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2014, the average annual wage in Washington was $65,060 with most people making between $43,130 and $89,810
During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 130 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 140 employed in 2022.
This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 9 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.
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collegeLoma Linda University
majorBusiness Administration and Management, General
onetInsurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
majorAutobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
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