Start a Skilled Trade Career as an Electrician

Did you know that they were 729,600 electricians employed in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Electricians are needed to perform tasks such as installing lighting systems, inspecting transformers, repairing light fixtures, and reading technical blueprints. You can find them collaborating with architects and contractors to work on overhead lines in your neighborhood. 

Learn more about this skilled trade including what the job involves, the types of job openings out there for electricians, and how you can get started in this skilled trade job. 

Jobs You Can Land as an Electrician

  • Line Repairmen and Installers
  • Maintenance Electricians
  • Electrical Assembler
  • Electrical Estimator
  • Solar Panel Electrician
  • Electrical Drafter
  • Marine Electrician
  • Electrical Supervisor
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Elevator Installers
  • Avionics Electrician
  • Electrical Designer
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What Electricians Do

The job of an electrician involves either installing, repairing, or maintaining electrical systems across various industries. Those electricians with enough experience and education move on to become designers and drafters of the electrical systems.  

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Become an Electrician

A journeyman electrician -- a worker who is licensed to do electrical work – can be a very rewarding skilled trade career. But before you can become one, you have to first enroll in an apprenticeship program where you work alongside experienced electricians. 

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Electrician Safety

The nature of electrical work carries a level of risk. However, by following rules and procedures like wearing the right PPE, using the right wiring, and watching out for overhead lines, the work of an electrician can be a whole lot safer. 


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