Electrician

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. They ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

Typical Salary Range: 
$13 - $ 20 per hour
Who Does Well: 

People with good math, reading skills and an interest in technology and working with their hands and on their feet.

Career Path: 

Experienced electricians can, with additional management and supervision training and well-developed communication skills, advance to jobs as supervisors, project managers or superintendents, and may eventually start their own contracting business.

How to find a job: 

Employer website, MWE, Networking

Training Required: 

Vocational training, OJT, Apprenticeship or an AAS. May require a Bachelor’s degree.

Electricians learn through apprenticeship programs that typically last 4 years, each with 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced electricians. Licensing is required with continuing education that includes changes in code, safety training, and manufacturer-specific training. Electricians may specialize with additional classes on data, video, communications or energy systems.