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Electrician

Electricians install and maintain the electrical and power systems in new and existing structures.

Average Salary*

Avg. Hourly Wage*

Pros In Demand

*Plus overtime and bonuses!

The Life of an Electrician

Lighting the way since 1878, electricians are the ones that not only keep our lights on but also ensure we have the ability to run a household, keep connected via social media 24/7, connect our cities, and even power our solar and wind energy turbines. Given that there’s a current shortage of electricians, the industry is set to grow 8 percent from now through 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Pair that with the fact that electricians currently can make upwards of $90k, investing now into electrician skills can make for rewarding career possibilities.

You might love a career as an electrician if you enjoy…

  • Being Active 100% 100%
  • Computers & Technology 95% 95%
  • Detail-Oriented Tasks 90% 90%
  • Troubleshooting 85% 85%

Becoming an Electrician

There are multiple pathways to becoming a professional electrician. Check out the options below and click the buttons to discover the opportunities.

Choose Your Path

Technical Training
Pathway 1
Straight to Workforce
Pathway 2
Apprenticeships
Pathway 3
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A training program prepares students with skills for careers in the electrical industry and emphasizes a combination of electrical theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment.

Students completing an electrical training program obtain the qualifications for an entry–level residential electrician or entry–level commercial electrician.

Standard training programs include:

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Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some electricians enter apprenticeship programs after working as a helper. The Home Builders Institute offers a pre apprenticeship certificate training (PACT) program for eight construction trades, including electricians. After completing an apprenticeship program, electricians are considered to be journey workers and may perform duties on their own, subject to any local or state licensing requirements. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work. Some states may require a master electrician to either perform or supervise the work.

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As an electrical apprentice, you’ll not only learn how these systems work but how to install and maintain everything from conventional electrical systems to emerging solar and wind-driven technologies.

You will receive hands-on training from licensed professionals who’ll provide experience-based instruction both in the classroom and on the jobsite.

You will learn how to read blueprints and technical diagrams, and master use of a variety of hand tools and meters. More importantly, you’ll earn a great wage while working on real-life projects with an assigned contracting company, all while earning hours toward your professional certification and licensing.

Electrician: Training vs College

10-year comparison

Eletrician at work

Training

VS.

College classroom

College

12 months – 2 years

Training Time

4+ Years

<$21K

Total

Degree Cost

$106K

Not including interest on loans

$49.2K

Apprenticeship Role

Starting Salary

$55.2K

Bachelor’s Degree

$471K

Minus Education Cost

10-Year Total Salary

$446K

Minus Education Cost

Electrician Specializations

As an electrician, you can specialize in different types of projects depending on your interest and experience.

Residential Electricians

Install wiring and troubleshoot electrical problems in peoples’ homes, which can be either single-family or multi-family dwellings. Those who work in new-home construction install outlets and provide access to power where needed. Those who work in maintenance and remodeling typically repair and replace faulty equipment. For example, if a circuit breaker repeatedly trips after being reset, electricians determine the cause and fix it.

Inside Electricians (Commercial+Industrial)

Maintain and repair large motors, equipment, and control systems in businesses and factories. They use their knowledge of electrical systems to help these facilities run safely and efficiently. Some also install the wiring for businesses and factories that are being built. To minimize equipment failure, inside electricians often perform scheduled maintenance.

Find Electrician Jobs

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