Electricians are highly sought after professionals, and for good reason. They can be paid by the hour or by the day, and they often come at a price. This means that if they complete a job quickly, they can maximize their profits. But even so, electricians won't become millionaires when they work for someone else.
Electricians play an important role in their communities, and many people would rather pay them a high hourly wage than someone who majored in gender studies or art appreciation in college. This is especially true when it comes to jobs that require physical activities such as climbing, lifting, and bending. The average electrician salary in the UK is £33,495 per year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is slightly higher than the previous year's salary of £33,176. Union electricians can earn even more than their counterparts without electrician training, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Minorities and women represent an untapped resource and a potential solution to the shortage of electricians in the construction industry. According to Electrical Contractor journal, they account for 22% of the industry. An electrician must have a variety of sockets and keys that can be used for different types of wiring. The BLS reports that electricians who can perform many different tasks, such as solar photovoltaic installation, repair of electronic systems and wiring of industrial components, should have the best job opportunities.
Most electricians learn through four- or five-year apprenticeship programs, but some start by attending technical schools. This dual training could be beneficial for those who want to become solar PV installers.