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Test Drivers


Test drivers drive, evaluate, and grade new automobiles and other vehicles before they are made available for sale to the public. They spend many hours driving their assigned model in various driving situations, climates, and speeds. As members of a new product development team, test drivers make suggestions for specific alterations to the car's design, function, and performance. Test drivers are employed by auto manufacturers worldwide, though some may work for contractors specializing in automotive testing or development. Others work as automobile writers and reviewers for trade publications.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Head Driver for an Auto Manufacturer

Experienced Test Driver

Entry-Level Test Driver