The great news about the Electrical industry is that if you are willing to learn new techniques and have good work ethic you will have the ability to move up in your organization and increase your salary exponentially. As for job security, the electrical field is not going anywhere anytime soon. There will always be a need for electricians due to new construction projects and older electrical systems degradation. With the increase of new alternate energy markets and green initiatives the time is ripe for new electricians to enter the field to take on these new responsibilities.
The transmission of data, data cabling, is another area that electricians are becoming involved. These days most Electrical Contractors have a dedicated department just for data cabling. This includes installing computer (Cat5, Cat6, and Fiber), TV (Coax), and Voice (Cat5 and Cat6). This area is very similar to the electrical field both require installing cabling and terminating.
Another area that has become popular recently because of all of the power outages from storms and hurricanes is home standby generators. These types of generators are install at a home and proved emergency power in the event of a power failure. They automatically start themselves and transfer power through a transfer switch from the generator to the entire home. Due to the connections to an electrical panel, they require a license electrician for installation. It is common that a generator company will sell a home standby generator to a home owner and hire a contractor for the installation.
Possible fields and average salaries
Apprentice electrician, $20,000/year
Journeyman Electrician, $48,000/year
Master Electrician, $55,000/year
Residential Electrician, $32,000/year
Electrical Technician, $40,000-$67,000/year
Commercial Electrician, $50,000-$75,000/year
Industrial Electrician, $41,000/year
The Job outlook for Electricians looks very promising. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the growth rate of Electricians to be 23 percent growth rate over the next 10 years. This is due primarily to new job creations in the alternate power for example wind energy. Electricians are involved in the building and maintaining of electrical systems for Wind Turbines. Another area electricians are heavily involved would be in the solar energy industry. They are involved in the construction phase of solar panels and component installations. They also install new cables for transmitting power to a home’s energy system or back on the power grid.