The narrative over the last few years has been that the demand for electricians is growing and that the electrical field is a lucrative skilled trade to enter. But is that still the case?
Construction employment exploded in the month of May as jobsites recalled workers. Roads must be built. Buildings must be constructed. And electrical work must be done! There is still a ton of opportunity for a skilled, licensed electrician in this country.
Electricity touches almost everything in our lives today. From the lights in your office, to the lights in your vehicle, to the computer you work on – even to the air you breathe inside! – electricity makes it all work.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in the electrical field for the 10 year period 2018 to 2028 will increase 10%. That represents tens of thousands of new jobs.
On top of that, there is already a shortage of electricians! So we are talking about simple supply and demand. Demand already exceeds supply and is expected to continue increasing. That is why pay rates in the electrical field are so good.
So should you consider a career in the electrical field? Only if you enjoy the satisfaction of being in one of the most in-demand skilled fields, with great pay and no worry about job security.
The downside? If you want to become a top electrician, you have to study hard and work hard. You will need to perform a formal apprenticeship. You will need to get licensed. So if you’re looking for the easy way out, you might want to look elsewhere (and good luck finding that job that is easy and pays well).
On the other hand, if you have a work ethic and want to create a fantastic life for yourself and your family, a career in the electrical field may be perfect for you.
So how do you get started? Just fill out the form on this page and a representative from IEC will be in touch. Our training programs involve a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on work. You will be assigned an apprenticeship, which, along with your own study, is the key to becoming a licensed electrician.