Becoming an electrician may not really appeal to some people, but to others it can be a very exciting career choice. In the technology fields being a certified electrician can have many special and unique perks. With the electrical field growing the way that it is the electrician has to become more proficient in other technical areas to stay abreast of the work load. Because of this the need for qualified electricians is ever growing. An electrician has to go through a formal education program as well as on the job electrician training to become certified.
There are many areas that are open to an electrician from construction and building maintenance, which require you to know wiring and troubleshooting, to being an industrial electrician which would require them to be familiar with computer electronics in the repair of industrial machinery and robotics. Either way it is still a hands on get results type of career. The first move in getting there is to go through an electrician apprentice program. This is usually a 4 year period where you will have both formal classroom studies as well as on the job training.
The job market out there today is not very good; there are a lot of people that are out of work. An electrician however can usually always find work, especially if he is willing to increase his skills or to relocate to another area. There are also not as many people who are looking to get into an apprenticable trade such as the electrical field. Everyone wants to be in the medical, business, or management fields which will leave the electrical field with less competition, another perk. However just like anywhere else when hard times hit those hiring want to get the best for their money so they usually look for the person with the higher scores on their apprenticeship when there are a lot of applicants for an opening in the field.
Another perk that presents itself as an electrician is not only to be able to find work with a company but to be able to go off and start your own electrical business. While this is a possibility it will require a person to have a bit of business sense as well as the electrical training. It’s not for everyone, but if that is the way you want to go it will usually require, depending upon what part of the country that you live in, a business or contractor’s license and usually a move up to a master electrician’s licensee.
The varying of when and where you work will be a real advantage to some people, especially those who don’t like to be tied to a boring office type of job where it’s always the same work at the same place day in and day out. Being an electrician can be mentally taxing at times but it is seldom boring work. You could be at a different place most days, and even as an industrial electrician where you work in one