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
Students completing an electrical training program obtain the qualifications for an entry–level residential electrician or entry–level commercial electrician.
Standard training programs include:
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.
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
12 months – 2 years
Not including interest on loans
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10-Year Total Salary
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As an electrician, you can specialize in different types of projects depending on your interest and experience.
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.
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