You'll be expected to complete at least a bachelor's degree program. Relevant fields include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial design and automotive design. Coursework includes design principles, sketching, 3D modeling, design presentation and computer-assisted design. Art and industrial design history and engineering technology courses can provide a beneficial foundation. Employers expect to see a portfolio of a designer's work, which can be developed over the course of a degree program. Automotive design engineering is a combination of art and science; a strong aesthetic sense is needed, as well as a solid grounding in the engineering and materials involved in building cars and their component parts. You can build both sets of skills through a bachelor's degree program while amassing a set of sketches and designs to help prove yourself to employers.
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John's answer was spot on and automotive engineering is a technical specialty. If you're more interested in the design, sales, marketing or other types of automotive technology, I recommend that you look into automotive design, working at a dealership in selling cars, working at an automotive company to create campaigns to market cars to consumers or working on the latest advances of battery technology to fuel hybrid or EVs. I don't know where your interests lie, but I'm very excited about EVs and the new designs and cars coming out from Lucid, Rivian, Tesla, GM, Ford, Toyota and practically all car manufacturers. This is the future as far as I'm concerned and having the skills of automotive design coupled with EV will take you very far, career wise!
1. Car Design - You may work for a car manufacturer. It requires mechanical engineering or electrical/electronic engineering skills.
2. Car fix - You may work for a garage. It requires mechanical engineering skills.
3. Drive a Car - Would you like to be a race car driver or other vehicles? It may need to pass some test to obtain the license of the vehicles
4. Car Sales - You may need to acquire Sales/Marketing skills.
Above are some examples only. You can explore more on what car related jobs that you are really interested on and find out the relevant subjects that you can take as your major in your high school and the entry criteria.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!