In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs And How To Get ‘Em (Part 2)

In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs And How To Get ‘Em (Part 2)

Ever glance at a home or car repair bill and think to yourself, “I’m in the wrong line of work!”? If so, it’s with good reason. Skilled tradespeople who can build, repair or maintain equipment that most lay people cannot do on their own can rake in the big bucks, especially if they build their talents up enough to take the entrepreneurial small business route. What’s more is that despite the high unemployment rate, skilled workers are hard to come by and therefore always in high demand.


The training:A Light up your career by becoming an electrician. Training usually begins via an apprenticeship program (which offers pay for on-the-job training, and can last up to four years), in conjunction with classroom instruction. Local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and local chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association are among organizations that sponsor apprenticeship programs.

The career path:A Each year of apprenticeship training includes a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training. Apprentices usually earn between 30 and 50 percent of the rate paid to fully trained electricians, with wages gradually increasing. Beyond the hands-on skills learned, students will need to master topics like electrical theory, blueprint reading, electrical code requirements, and safety regulations, among others. Specialized training is also available in areas like soldering, fire alarm systems, and cranes and elevators. A number of vocational-technical schools offer electrician training. In some cases, students who complete such programs may be hired at a higher level than those who do not have formal classroom training.

Licensing 411:A If you want to be an electrician, you’ll need to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but they almost always include having to pass an examination in electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, and local electric and building codes. If you plan to do electrical work for the public, you’ll most likely need an additional license.

Employment opportunities:A Electrical work will always be needed, which is why employment of electricians is expected to increase about 12 percent between 2008 and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

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~Dawn Krovicka