$62,800 earning potential
Electricians work in homes and/or businesses to install and repair electrical systems that control power and lighting.
You tend to be a leader among peers
You’re always learning something new
You value safety and the safety of others
You are willing to go where the work is
You want performance-based earnings
Hometown: Pine Bluff
Where I trained: Arkansas Construction Education Foundation apprenticeship with Carrington Electric
What I earned: Experience as an apprentice
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College education is not for everyone as a degreed engineer I certainly value education. However, technical trade education is great for any young person who desires hard work and performance-based earnings."
Electrical contractors work in different markets, so electrician apprentices are exposed to different work environments. Depending on the contractor, the apprentice may have heavy exposure to only one marketplace, such as retail, or multiple (think schools, banks, industrial, heal care, etc.).
First year apprentices start out at 50 percent of electrician wages. By their fourth year, they earn 90 percent of wages, but they must pass the licensing exam to earn 100 percent of electrician wages.
[I like that] you’re learning something new. I use tools that I never used before and I learn how to use them."