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Advice For Pros · November 07, 2022 · AUTHOR: Stanley Bawalan

The Electrical Industry: Paths in Building a Career

The electrical industry is growing and there are many opportunities for young workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects it to grow by 3% over the next decade, which is much faster than average job growth. 

In addition, electricians are already in high demand to install and maintain wiring systems in homes and businesses across the country. The BLS also forecasts that electrician jobs will increase by 27% between now and 2026, dramatically outpacing growth rates for other occupations during that period of time.

As electrical workers gain experience, they earn more.

The more experience you have in the electrical industry, the more money you can make. This is because of your skills and what you've learned over time and if you want to increase your pay, there are also many ways to do so. For example:

  • You can learn new skills by taking classes or reading books on electrical work.

  • You can increase your pay by working in different areas of the electrical industry or at different companies within it (for example, from construction to maintenance).

Electricians play many different roles in making our world work, and each one is equally important.

There are many types of workers within the electrical industry:

  • Insulation Workers: install, replace, and repair or remove electrical equipment like transformers, circuit breakers, and switchgear. They also perform maintenance on these items.

  • Cable Splicers: reconnect cable ends at splice points in underground cables so that they can be put back into service for customers.

  • Electrical Inspectors: examine a building's wiring system to make sure it is safe for use. They have to fix any problems that they discover before allowing the building to open or reopen after construction stopped.

The Electrical Industry offers approximately 14 levels of training, including apprenticeships.

There are approximately 14 different training levels, including apprenticeship, for the Electrical Industry. Each level is designed to prepare you for a more senior position within your company. You can begin your career in one of these ways:

  • Apprenticeship – An apprentice works under an experienced electrician and learns on the job while earning a salary. The program typically lasts three years and upon completion of all requirements, you will receive a journeyman license that allows you to work anywhere in North America.

  • College – This option is ideal if you want to participate in classes full-time or part-time while working full-time during school breaks. Many schools offer tuition reimbursement programs for their students who are employed by companies that meet certain criteria such as offering paid internships or having high marks from previous employees (known as "preferred employers”).

  • Community College – Similar to attending college full-time but instead offers free courses aimed at helping students get started on their career path within two years (for example: electrical wiring technology). These classes are often offered at community colleges located near large cities which makes it easier for students who live far away from larger universities where most higher education happens today."

Electrical construction and maintenance offer many career opportunities.

There are many opportunities for workers in the electrical construction and maintenance industries. These industries are growing, and they employ a large number of workers. There are many types of jobs available within electrical construction and maintenance, including:

  • Electrical design engineer

  • Electrician – this is one of the most common jobs in the industry; electricians work on power lines, lights, generators, and other equipment that requires electricity

  • Maintenance technician – this job involves repairing faulty wiring or appliances (such as heaters)

Electrical engineers use math skills to design new power systems. They also make sure those systems function properly once they've been built by an electrician or another type of worker. Some engineers specialize in areas such as robotics or aerospace equipment so it can operate safely during flight conditions like high altitude flights where there isn't enough oxygen for humans to breathe normally without using pressurized cabins filled with pure oxygen instead (like airplanes).

What this means for you

Electrical Jobs are projected to see significant growth in the next 10 years. These projections show that now is a great time to start your career or advance in this growing industry. That's why it's important for electricians to stay up-to-date on quickly changing technology, new codes, and industry best practices.

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