When talking about the types of electrician jobs available there are three main types, which are:
• Working for an electrical contractor-this job will give you more job stability than being self-employed. It is also a great way to start your career as an electrician and once you have the experience you can start your own company and become self-employed if you want to. One advantage to working for an electrical contractor is that they already have a business relationship with renovation firms, construction companies, and builders so this will help to ensure steady work. Working for an electrical contractor offers an electrician job advancement opportunities such as shift supervisor, project manager, or lead electrician.
• Teaching-some choose to become instructors at their community college teaching different electrical courses either full or part time. They may also be self-employed electricians and teach at night. They may teach courses in reading electrical schematics, basic wiring, and more. Some may even offer courses for factory staff, hobbyists, construction workers, and building operators in electrical safely.
• Self-employment-this is a very common job choice for electricians because they can open their own business and decide what type of service they want to provide to their customers. This can range from residential to commercial electrical jobs. Although an electrician can do both many prefer to specialize in one or the other so they can build up experience in their chosen field and expand their customer base. Being self-employed it is very important that you have your electrician license.
Before you can specialize in any of these three electrician jobs you need to have a combination of experience working with electrical wiring and education. You will also need a license. The process to becoming an electrician is managed by the state government, which has strict regulations that have to be met in order to be considered an electrician. To get the education you need you can enroll in a program at your local community college. This is generally a program that will take you two to three years to complete. Once you have completed the training you will have to pass the licensing examination. If you do not have a license you have to let your potential clients or employers know. The jobs for a unlicensed electrician are very restricted so it is advisable to get your license.
If you decide to teach classes in electrical courses you should complete a certificate program in adult education. Being self-employed you should take some courses in business management, accounting, and any other classes that would help you to start your business.
In any of these three jobs you must enjoy working with your hands and interacting with many different people.