Electrician Careers

Traditionally, most individuals who have an electrician degree work in construction. But as technology and design advances, new opportunities are constantly arising. Electricians commonly become experienced via apprenticeships, where they receive meticulous on-the-job training. Most states require electricians to be licensed, though requirements vary. A master electrician is someone who has been a practicing electrician for at least 7 years.

Employment Opportunities

Electrician professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Factories
  • Homes
  • Offices

Skills

Electrician professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Dexterity
  • Expert eye-hand coordination
  • Exceptional vision
  • Knowledge of local electric and building codes
  • Bilingual (Spanish)

Industry Spotlight

The wider the scope of one’s skills as an electrician, the better. Having a military background is also known to get many electricians further ahead in their careers. Electricians who work in auto manufacturing and maintenance are often the most sensitive to economic strain.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008