Electrical Training Programs
Your educational path to an electrical career includes:
- Specialized Electrical Training
- Electrical Apprenticeship
- Electrical Journeyman
- Master Electrician
- Electrical Engineer
Electrician training begins with a local electrical program at one of Career Now's premier partnered technical schools. An electrical program can take a couple years to complete and may require many hours of classroom training.
Once you complete your specialized electrical training at a technical school, you are required to begin your electrical apprenticeship. Typically you will work as an apprentice for 3-6 years. Your apprenticeship is a true hands-on learning experience. As an apprentice, you may earn a percentage of an electrician journeyman's salary.
A journeyman is an electrician who completed an apprenticeship. Becoming a journeyman is the next step in your educational path. Often times the employer who hired you as an electrical apprentice, may hire you as a journeyman after you have completed your apprenticeship.
As an electrical journeyman you have to earn your local, state or national license. Most states require electricians to hold a state license as proof of certification as an electrical technician. The amount of time you serve as a journeyman can vary per employer.
Over a period of time, you'll learn the trade and begin to perform it well. At this time, you may earn the high distinction of master electrician. This can take between 7-10 years to reach. A National Electrical Code (NEC) exam is required to demonstrate your superior knowledge as a master electrician.
Electrician salary and projected growth
According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average median pay for an electrician is $49,840 per year or $23.96 per hour. The average rate of pay will vary based on location and level of training. The BLS also expects the need for electricians to increase by 20% between 2012 and 2022.