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How to become an Electrician

There are two main paths to qualifying as an electrician: you can begin as an apprentice and learn from qualified electricians on the job or you can attend a trade school and learn in the classroom. Some electricians will do both by starting at a trade school and then completing their training through an apprenticeship. Your state will require you to complete a set number of hours of practical work before you're eligible to sit the journeyman electrician test. Once you pass that, you can work as an electrician and, once you have developed your skills with more work experience, you will be eligible to take the master electrician test, which is the highest level of qualification for electricians.

What skills help Electricians find jobs?

  • Electrical Experience
  • NEC
  • Hand Tools
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Power Tools
  • Schematics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Commercial Electrician Experience
  • Construction Experience
  • Generator Repair
  • Low Voltage
  • High Voltage

Career progression for Electrician

Education levels for Electricians

0%0%1%5%94%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Electrician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience35k39k42k45k48kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Electrician in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Electricians

  • Electrical License
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Journeyman License
  • OSHA 10
  • Electrician Apprentice
  • Driver's License
  • Master Electrician
  • OSHA 30
  • Wireman License
  • NCCER Certification
  • Airframe & Powerplant License
  • NABCEP Certification
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for an Electrician

What other skills do you need to be an electrician?

Many electricians work in public places, dealing with customers directly, so customer service skills are important. Electricians will often be required to explain what they are doing to their customers and clients, so good communication skills will also be helpful.

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