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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.

How to become: Industrial Electrician · Maintenance Electrician · Electrical Technician · Electrical Foreman · Solar Installer
These qualifications are required: Master Electrician · Journeyman Electrician · Electrical License
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What skills help Electricians find jobs?

  • Analysis skills
  • Automotive diagnostics
  • Basic math
  • CMMS
  • Commercial construction
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Construction
  • Customer service
  • Electrical experience
  • Electrical systems
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Career progression for Electrician

Education levels for Electricians

Based on the requirements of Electrician job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED77.7%
Associate's degree14.4%
Bachelor's degree6.4%
Master's degree1.1%
Middle school education0.5%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Electrician in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$35,200
4 - 8$38,100
8 - 12$42,000
12 - 16$44,300
16 - 20$46,100
20 - 24$48,400
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Common qualifications for Electricians

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  • certificationElectrician Apprentice
  • certificationJourneyman Electrician
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  • certificationJourneyman License
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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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