Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be an electrician? Check out our resources for additional information.
If you have a knack for solving technical challenges and are looking for a career with vast growth opportunities, you’ll enjoy being an electrician. Your position will always be in demand, and each day offers a new environment in which you can put your skills to use. With minimal training and excellent pay, your career as an electrician will be a rewarding one.
T he Perks
The electrical industry is always in need of great workers to keep up with changing technologies. You’ll have a flexible work environment and on-the-job training, all with a high starting salary (with room to grow).
There were approximately 666,900 electrician jobs in 2016.
In 2016, 8% of electricians were self-employed.
The average annual salary of an HVAC technician is $55,590.
Whether I’m hunting down a loose neutral, or installing an outlet or a switch, I generally enjoy what I do … Electricians have to be smart workers while watching out for other people. The electrical field is always growing, so there’s always something new to learn.
W hat Do I Need?
In next to no time, you can begin your experience as an electrician — especially if you possess the following requirements and skillsets.
High School Diploma
The majority of electricians have completed high school before entering into their career.
A post-secondary certificate typically takes one year and is an excellent jump-start into a career or apprenticeship program.
Electricians have to use technical skills, including math, each day as they take apart electrical systems and put them back together.
Do you enjoy using trial and error to come up with solutions to electrical challenges? You’ll love being an electrician.
You’ll need to speak with customers on a daily basis, so being able to clearly and communicate your work to others is crucial.
Aptitude for Business
Many electricians progress to become independent contractors, so business skills are something you can gain over your career.
Y our Resources
Missouri Women in Trades
MOWIT is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women to enter and succeed in apprenticeship and careers in the construction and building trades of the greater St. Louis area. MOWIT supports women in accessing and advancing in all construction trades through a variety of programs, including workshops, mentoring programs, scholarships, and workshops for girls.
Careers at McCarthy
McCarthy has opportunities available for interested applicants across a broad range of experience levels, from interns to new grads to experienced professionals and skilled craft professionals alike. Explore open positions and opportunities at McCarthy here.
Careers at Paric
Gain an opportunity to work on projects that not only change the physical landscape around us, but also reshape communities and how people view them with a career at Paric. Find open positions in St. Louis here.
Electrical Connection – Electrical Industry Training Center
Free, five year, 10,000-hour program that allows apprentices to earn a living wage while learning and working in the electrical industry. Also provides health and welfare benefits, as well as a mentorship program.
Learn 2 Earn – Ranken Technical College
Learn to Earn consists of a series of STEM activities offered between grades 6 – 12 that promote student participation in STEM careers, with an emphasis on recruiting female students. These registered activites can include in-school, out-of-school, summer activities, or addtional classes. Scholarship funding to Ranken is awarded to participating female students upon successful completion.
EXPLORE Energy with Ameren
The EXPLORE Energy program engages youth in multiple careers in the public utility industry, each essentially important to the energy services that Ameren offers to the region. Students spend 2-3 non-consecutive half days over the course of a school year at Ameren meeting with employee mentors, engaging in activities, touring, and forming connections that can lead to job opportunities.
Electrical Construction Industry Apprenticeships
The St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center is the nation’s best high-tech learning facility for apprentice and journeyman electricians and communication technicians. Registered apprenticeship & training programs available for: inside electrician, communication technician (also known as VDVS installer technician) and residential electrician.