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ADVANTAGES OF BEING AN ELECTRICIAN Working as an electrician is a career that many people consider after graduating from high school.

With this type of job, you benefit from several advantages that you cannot get from other jobs. You get to work with your hands, make a decent wage and get started quicker than with other careers. No College Required When learning about becoming an electrician, you will notice that you do not have to go to college to start working. The process of becoming an electrician involves going through an apprenticeship program instead. This means that you get to learn from a trained professional on the job as well as in a classroom. You actually get to work while you are learning also. Since you are working while learning, you also get to earn money while you are training. While the pay is not as good as what you will receive once you are an electrician, it is still better than nothing. This program can take about four years to complete. Earnings ne of the primary advantages of becoming an electrician is the pay. !lectricians make a solid wage when compared with other professions. This is especially attractive when you consider that you do not have to go to college to get to this point. "any electricians make more than college graduates in other fields. #s of $%%&, electricians made '$( per hour on average, according to the )ureau of *abor Statistics. "any electricians also have the opportunity to work overtime hours when they are working on a big job. This can increase your earnings substantially. Consistent Work When you are trained as an electrician, there will never be a shortage of jobs for you to work on. Working as an electrician is considered to be a recession+proof job. !ven when the economy is performing poorly, people still need electricity. !lectricity has become a necessity in society and, when you do not have it, you basically have to hire an electrician. While some people do the work on their own, most hire an electrician because of the danger involved. ,f you are willing to look around, you should always find work. Working Conditions When working as an electrician, you can also work on your own schedule. "any electricians are self+employed and take only the jobs that they choose. n the job, you work out in the field. You are not in a cramped office or stuck inside all day. "any times, you work on construction sites or in customers- finished houses. The working conditions are generally tolerable, and you will get some different scenery almost every day.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF BEING AN ELECTRICIAN? The discovery and manipulation of electricity opened new doors for humanity, revolutionizing everything from how people illuminated their homes to the invention of new home appliances. The early 20th century saw a rise in the creation of tools, devices and gadgets that changed the way people performed household tasks and with it the demand for electricity increased rapidly. For people looking into careers options, particularly those who don't necessarily have academic aspirations choosing a jo in trade could make sense. !ndeed with the current economic difficulties we are e"periencing and the search for relia le, sta le jo s more and more young people or career starters are studying to ecome electricians. #hile eing an electrician might not e the most e"citing career for some, it does offer sta ility and in fact there is a load of different things you can do once you have the relevant $ualifications and training. %et's take a look at some of the est and worst things a out eing an electrician in order to help you make a decision. BEST THINGS A stable job &eing an electrician should prove to e a safe and secure career option. The need for domestic and commercial electricians will only increase and indeed in the '( the government is pushing to get more young people trained into trades like this through the apprenticeship scheme. )etting to e a $ualified electrician takes training and $ualifications * although this takes time and dedication at the end of it all you will e respected and your skills will e in demand. + decent living +s a $ualified electrician you can e"pect to make a decent living. The average salary for an electrician in the '( sits at a out ,2-,000 * ,.0,000, and more for those working in the igger cities like %ondon. #hile this might e perfectly accepta le for many people, working in electrotechnical services also opens other more lucrative doors. !f you do specialist training or develop a certain niche skill it's possi le you get taken on y a company that will pay you way more than the average salary. Good opportunities + trained and $ualified electrician with some e"perience is a prized commodity in any country. Think of all the houses in all the land, plus all the companies, installations and industries * they all need electrical maintenance and installation. &eing an electrician can actually open a lot of varied doors and some of the jo s are fascinating. !t's not just private houses that need electricians, so do airports, oil rigs, defence manufacturers * there are plenty of e"citing options out there. WORST THINGS Extended training and qualifications /kay, this might not e one of the 'worst things' a out eing an electrician ut it certainly is something to take into account. &efore you take your first jo there's likely to e several years of eing an apprentice or training and studying which takes commitment. /nce you're an electrician proper it doesn't stop there. 0lectrical regulations are regularly updated and electricians are re$uired to do the latest certificates, usually self*funded, in order to make sure they can practice legally. The 0lectrical 1afety 2ouncil 3 012 has discovered that almost a $uarter of people have hired an electrician without checking their credentials. #ith electrical accidents responsi le for half of all house fires and someone dying every week from an electrical accident, the 012 is urging the pu lic to e vigilant and check the person they employ is appropriately $ualified. Dodgy clients For those who opt to e domestic electricians this can often prove to e a headache. 1ometimes you may have to deal with people who are slow to settle their ills or difficult to deal with. &eing a good communicator is essential in avoiding these types of pro lems and making sure small pro lems don't ecome igger ones. Working in cramped spaces 1ometimes electrical jo s have to e carried out in cramped spaces, under someone's stairs or wiring under floor oards. 4ake sure if you're looking into eing an electrician you're prepared to take on the physical aspect of the jo and don't mind carrying out your work in tricky places. 5ou'll need to e calm, fit and a le to concentrate when you're on the jo . The 0lectrical 1afety 2ouncil 3 012 has discovered that almost a $uarter of people have hired an electrician without checking their credentials. #ith electrical accidents responsi le for half of all house fires and someone dying every

week from an electrical accident, the 012 is urging the pu lic to e vigilant and check the person they employ is appropriately $ualified.