Top 5 Reasons to Become an Electrician
By: Amy Bonilla | Jun 16, 2015
#1: Tons of Career Options.
In the electrical world there are many career paths to choose from. You can work as an outside lineman, wire cell towers, work as an industrial control specialist, or install and repair traffic/train signals and outdoor lighting. You can work as a maintenance electrician and be in charge of updating electrical systems, repairing/installing transformers, motor control circuits, and troubleshooting. You can work as a construction electrician and install new wiring systems. You can work as an inside wireman with duties that include: installing fire or security alarm systems, installing new wiring, and maintaining the systems at commercial facilities like hospitals, factories, schools, or office buildings. Another career option is as a limited energy technician. In this position you will establish voice, data, and multimedia networks through cabling, install and maintain all types of telecommunications equipment, and install and terminate fiber optic cables. You can also advance to become an electrical inspector and perform electrical inspections in your city or county. Or, you can advance to become a crew supervisor, foreman, or project manager. As an electrician you may also choose to go into business for yourself, so if you have ever wanted to be your own boss, then becoming an electrician will help you achieve this goal.
#2: Find a Job Anywhere.
As the job market picks up and businesses thrive, the need for electricians nationwide has been on the rise. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that in the year 2020 there will be about 700,000 positions for electricians. While the overall job growth in the U.S. is about 11%, the job growth for electricians is predicted to be 20%. The need for electricians is projected to increase as alternative power sources will become more popular and electricians will have to install them. Becoming an electrician will ensure that you have a career for a long, long time. And with a lot of baby-boomers scheduled to retire soon, there are not enough skilled electricians to replace them. Soon there will be a shortage of electricians if younger generations do not start joining the electrical workforce.
#3: Make Money.
The national average salary for an electrician is $56,650 annually (2016, BLS). An electrician’s pay grade is much higher than most of the other construction industry occupations. For example:
|Mean Annual Salary
Electricians enjoy a steady and competitive salary and have the potential to make over $70,000 per year. If you choose to run your own business, expand into renewable energy, or become an electrical inspector, you may earn even more than that. Electricians annual salaries vary by state, of course, and the top 5 earning states are:
|Mean Annual Salary
#4: Get Started Today.
Just finished high school, looking for a new career path, or sick of your current job? You don’t have to have a ton of background knowledge, family experience, or a college diploma to get started. Since there are many apprenticeship and electrician training programs available, becoming an electrician is simple. You can join a construction industry-sponsored apprenticeship program, or enroll in a program through your local community college. Gaining knowledge and expertise in the electrical field can be achieved easily with all of the accessible resources in your area. During your apprenticeship you will receive in-class training as well as on-the-job training in the field. This hands-on approach makes becoming an electrician straightforward and interesting. After a four-year apprenticeship you will be qualified for journeyman status, which means more challenging work and more money.
#5: Enjoy Your Work Environment.
If you become an electrician, you will be able to grow professionally and personally. Your career will be filled with life-long learning since there are constantly new technologies and advances within the industry and new editions of the National Electrical Code to learn. After you get licensed, you can always count on JADE Learning to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information, with courses available on the Code changes, Residential Wiring, Commercial and Industrial Wiring, and more. As an electrician you will be able to combine learning and craftsmanship, and take pride when you see the end result of that you helped create. If you become an electrician, your “office” may be outside, so if you do like being outside and moving around to different job sites, then this will be a perfect fit for you. If you become an outside lineman, you will have the thrill of working on elevated structures, so make sure you a good climber and not afraid of heights. Becoming an electrician is also the job for you if you like working with your hands and being active – electricians have to be active and mobile to perform their work.
With the current decline of skilled workers in the electrical industry, it is imperative that new, young workers come forward and take their place as skilled electricians. Get started with your electrical career today – the industry needs you!
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