Why become an electrician? Here are 4 BIG reasons

Boys and girls working on computers in electrical labs

The computer you may be reading this on. The lights illuminating the room you’re sitting in. The appliances and equipment that help make your home life and work life more enjoyable, easier, productive and safe. The … well, let’s just say the list goes on … and on … and on!

There is so much we use in our daily life that, at least in some small way, is made possible due to the work and skill of electricians.

And, if you’ve been looking for a rewarding career yourself, perhaps you may want to consider a career in the electricity field. Here are a few good reasons why:

  • SALARY: Starting wage about $30K and after achieving journeymans card about $64K in this area.
  • JOB OUTLOOK: (From the United States Department of Labor) Employment of electricians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  The job prospects for electricians should be very good as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. In addition to job growth, there also are a large number of electricians approaching retirement age, which should produce more job openings in the coming decade. Simply put, we are in desperate need of more electricians, For every 3 skilled workers that are leaving the workforce, only 1 is entering in their place. Only 6% of high school students are thinking about a future in the trades
  • JOB SATISFACTION: As electricians we can provide a service to help others. From homeowners to major factories/corporations we need to be well rounded and ready for many different types of repairs or installations.
  • FLEXIBLE LEARNING PATHS: Moraine Park’s Electricity Program offers a variety of options to give students the jump start into a great career. If students choose to take full time classes, they have the option of days (Mon-Thurs 8am-2pm) or evenings (Mon-Thurs 4pm-10pm).  Within the Electricity Program we have the Industrial Wiring Certificate which is a January start and a May completion.  This Certificate option can be taken by anyone and has no prerequisites.  Maintenance Electricians have found these courses very helpful as they apply to industrial control wiring techniques and principles. Students also have the option to split the program up over two years. We have many options and should be able to work with the busy schedules of any incoming student.

If you’d like to learn more about our Electricity Program, visit our program page.

Written by Mark Wamsley
Electricity Instructor