Common Myths About Electricians

An electrician doesn’t make a good earning. Quite the opposite is true. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that the median annual wage of electricians was $48,250 in 2010. Moreover, the starting pay for apprentices usually is between 30 percent and 50 percent of what fully trained electricians make, allowing them to earn while they learn the trade.

You have to be in a union to be an electrician. Electricians do not need to join a union. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that about one-third of electricians are union members. Although there is no single union, the largest organizer for electricians is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Being an electrician is not a stable profession. The electrical industry is an exciting and rapidly expanding career that offers steady employment, excellent pay, and rewarding work. Qualified and experienced electricians are highly sought after and the need will continue to increase over the next 5-10 years as more and more tradespeople retire.

Being an electrician doesn’t require a high skill level. Electricians have a number of skills. For example, an electrician must have strong math skills to accurately calculate measurements of voltage. An electrician must also have an extensive electrical knowledge to understand how certain circuit boards work, how to wire, and how different electrical components work in unison. They must have vast experience on how to draw various electrical diagrams. Lastly, electricians must have knowledge of code regulations; there are a variety of regulations and safety practices that need to be followed by electricians and knowing what all of them are and being familiar with them is crucial to ensuring that the job is properly done.

It’s hard to find a job as an electrician. The demand for electricians in the United States has skyrocketed in recent times, despite all the economic uncertainty that is happening in the nation today. Employment of electricians is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.


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