Is Becoming an Electrician a Good Career Choice?
What with the economy generating so much negative news and the job market in particular coming sharply into focus, many people are asking which careers provide the best stability going forward. In the last 15 years we’ve seen a massive bubble in property, banking and finance so it’s no surprise in these times of austerity people are looking at more traditional job choices, in particular the trades. For those fairly technical minded folks, becoming an electrician could turn out to be a wise choice. Let’s look at some of the reasons why.
Long-term demand for your services
Although the actual process of becoming a qualified and competent electrician requires time, investment and a huge dollop of dedication, once you are in there will be strong and ongoing demand for your services. Every home in the country needs the services of an electrician at some point and despite the recession the government’s house building programs continue, and new houses mean new electrical installations to be done. In addition to domestic electrotechnical services just think of all the specialist businesses that require their own electricians or who hire freelancers. The whole world depends on skilled electricians, so this is a sound and stable career to get into.
Good and varied opportunities
As we’ve already mentioned, once qualified you will be in demand and prized for your specialist skills. The great thing about studying the basics of electrotechnical services is that it opens a door to many different jobs. The technical aspects of electrical installation and maintenance can be applied across a wide array of industries. It’s not unfeasible you could find yourself working in an airport, on a defence base, on an oil rig, at a shipyard. Really there are so many options for electricians and many environments in which to ply your trade. Countries such as Russia, China, India and Brazil are expanding at a rapid rate too, with massive infrastructure and industry expansion. Technical workers are required for all of this – fancy seeing another country?!
A good rate of pay
The average salary for an electrician in the UK is somewhere between £25,000 – £30,000, so you can be pretty sure you’ll make a good enough living from being a leccie. This amount increases considerably in the bigger cities where skilled tradesmen can charge more and people have more money to spend. Remember most people don’t have a clue about electrical stuff so they will trust you implicitly and call out charges are common. For those with a bit of business acumen and drive to start their own business the sky’s the limit and hard work can result in really good money in the trade. Specialising in a certain area of electrotechnical services is another way to get a good rate of pay – if you operate in a niche area you’re likely to be paid a premium for it.
So, decent pay, a stable demand for your services and great career opportunities await good professional electricians. Be under no illusions, becoming an electrician takes training and hard graft and getting experience is essential. However, once you’re into the trade you can look forward to a good solid future. Good luck.