Electricians are essential in installing and repairing power and lighting in homes and businesses. If you’re just starting your career or interesting in switching, here are a few facts to consider.
Fact: Wages vary across the U.S., but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual wage for Electricians was $51,880 as of 2015. Electricians working in Natural Gas Distribution, Amusement and Recreation Industries, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing, Motion Picture and Video Industries and Lessors of Real Estate typically earn the highest wages. 1
Fact: Employment for electricians is expected to grow faster than average when compared to other occupations. The BLS projects a growth of 14% from 2014 to 2024. Openings for electricians in manufacturing plants is also expected to increase. Moreover, employers are having a difficult time finding qualified applicants to hire. As a large number of tradespeople enter retirement age, the need for new workers is only expected to grow. 2
Fact: Being an electrician requires several specialized skills. They need to read blue prints, understand regulations like the National Electrical Code, identify electrical issues, inspect electrical components to name a few. Taking electrician courses helps to build the skills. After school, many electricians enter an apprenticeship program.
Fact: As this infographic by Tulsa Welding School illustrates, women are finding success in non-traditional occupations, and their numbers are growing. Women possess all the all the necessary traits to succeed as electricians. Working in the electrical industry can lead to careers as foremen, managers and even project engineers.
Fact: There are many opportunities to take your career in the electrical industry to a new level. Experienced electricians can be promoted to many different supervisory positions. Managing other workers or managing a project are two of the most common upward moves. Going into business for yourself is another way to advance your career. 3
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Take charge of your future. The potential for success as an electrician is high. If you are looking for a career that is hands-on and you’re not sitting in an office, becoming an electrician might be an option. Do your own research and talk to people who are familiar with the industry. Taking the steps to become an electrician may be the brightest idea you ever had.
1 – http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes472111.htm
2 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm
3 – http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/electrician.htm