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Lights go out. Electrical lines are faulty. Jacks are jacked up. Power doesn’t work, and there’s no obvious reason for it. Who do we call? Electricians, because they light our days and keep the electricity alive.
And, we need more of them because there’s a shortage. So, yay for you that you’re thinking of joining this profession. Without further ado, let’s look at what you need to do to become an electrician.
You’ve got the power. Well, the answers to why electricity isn’t flowing, what needs to be done to wire a house, or how to fix the wiring of an old building. So yeah, you’ve got the power to create perfectly powered places.
Here’s what you’ll do once you’re an electrician:
Bear in mind that every state has their own actual requirements for licensing and such. However, much of the education requirements are the same across the country.
If becoming an electrician gets you all powered up, here’s your blueprint:
An electrician can make a really great living. In 2018, average pay for electricians was $59,190 (bls.gov), but your paycheck may look very different depending on where you live, where you work, your experience level, and what industry you’re in.
It’s true that some electricians make as much as doctors—especially those who have their own successful businesses. The median high range, meaning some will make more, and others will make less, is $95K.
There are an estimated 56K jobs that will need to be filled through 2026. Many electricians are reaching retirement age, which makes room for a new one to step in and fill that vacancy. Employment does vary depending on the economy and the state of the construction industry.
Have an understanding of all the new technology, and you’ll be golden!
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