Is electrical training the right path for you? If you are a high school senior, take a look at what you need to know about these professional and electrician training courses.
Are There Jobs Available?
Why do you want to go to an electrician trade school? While adding to your education is important, you also need a way to start a career and make money.
In 2019 there were more than 739,000 electricians at work in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS projects a much faster than average job number growth rate of eight percent (or 62,200 additional jobs) between 2019 and 2029. The faster than average projected job growth rate means there are jobs in this field for new graduates.
What Types of Jobs Are Available?
Now that you know there are jobs in the electrical trades field, it's time to take the next step and learn more about your potential employment options. As your first job out of high school, you'll start in an entry-level position. Even though you'll spend time in a trade or training program, you'll also need to complete an apprenticeship—working under a skilled electrician.
As you build a complex set of skills and explore the industry, you may decide to work as a generalist who services residential or commercial electrical systems or specialize in a specific aspect of the field. Electricians work in a variety of environments, ranging from customer's homes to large corporate office buildings or for government agencies.
How Much Do Electrician Jobs Pay?
After learning about job availability and the types of employment you can expect as a new electrician, you may wonder how much money you'll earn after you complete a training program? According to the BLS's statistics, in 2019 the median pay for an electrician was $56,180 per year or just over $27 per hour.
While these figures represent the nationwide average for electricians, the specific amount you'll earn may vary. Location, type of employment, and the number of years working in the industry will impact your salary or hourly rate. The more experience you have, the higher the salary you can expect.
As an entry-level electrician with a high school degree and trade program certificate, you may make less than the national average. Even though you might not earn a $50,000-plus salary right away, a job in the electrical field will give you the chance to advance your career and your pay scale. This provides you with a way to support yourself, your family, and enjoy the type of life you deserve.
Consider an electrical training course from the HVAC Technical Institute. You may be able to benefit from it!