So, you’re interested in becoming an electrician. That’s great! Electrical work is a very respectable trade with a great future. While many other jobs are being taken over by computers, it is highly unlikely that robots will be able to replace the work of an electrician anytime soon. If you are planning to become an electrician, here are three things you should know.
Why an Electrician?
Some industries are dying due to technological advancements, but that is not the case for electricians. As technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives, the demand for workers trained on technology installation is increasing. Businesses are constantly needing electricians to come in and solve problems with power distribution in their buildings. These needs are urgent, and a business is willing to pay a lot for a solution. The job outlook for electricians is projected to have above average growth over the next ten years. Not only is the need for electricians increasing, but the industry is starting to experience a labor shortage. That means that those who do become electricians have the potential for higher salaries.
What It Requires
Electrical work can be dangerous if performed by an ignorant individual. Not only can someone be electrocuted, but an overloaded circuit could start a fire. As such, states require that electricians be licensed. You don’t have to go to college to become licensed, instead you attend a trade school. Electricians generally spend about four years studying and practicing the NEC requirements through apprenticeships. The advantage to these programs is that you learn on the job. Through the apprenticeship you gain valuable experience while you are studying. The best part is that you usually get paid during your apprenticeship for the work you perform.
Franchise or Private?
Once you earn your license, you have a choice. You can either go work for a franchise, or you can work as a private electrician that owns their own practice. The advantage to joining a franchise is that you don’t have to worry about marketing yourself or any other business logistics. The franchise will take care of all that for you. They will provide you with the work that you need. The only downside is that you will be paid less. By owning your own practice, you have the potential for higher earnings, but you also have to deal with the requirements of running a business.
Whichever route you choose to go, you will undoubtedly have plenty of work to do. There is so much demand for the work that you will do. Just make sure that this is a job that you can enjoy. You spend most of your time at work, so you should find the work satisfying.
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