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Great Career Opportunity in Electrician Training

Updated on August 22, 2012

Choosing the Specific Subspecialties

It isn't uncommon for people to associate electrician training to the type of electricians they are most familiar with: a residential electrician. However by doing this they are limiting their choices in the electrical field which spans across many different subspecialties. Various subspecialties in the electrical field include positions such as telecommunications technicians and installers , outside linemen that work for power companies, inside wireman that work for businesses such as factories and other industrial facilities, as well as the residential electrician that most people are familiar with.

In order to get the proper training for the type of electrician career a person wants, they must first try and hone in on the specific type of job they desire for the future. Many things need to be taken into consideration. For instance, since this field is so vast, a person can decide whether they want to work in an inside or outside environment. If they want work inside only, good choices are: residential wireman, inside wireman, or telecommunications technician. If an individual wants to work outdoors, the best choice is outside linemen. Yet remember: being an outside wireman is also the job that is the most physically taxing and most dangerous

What to Consider:

However, honing down the choices is not quite as easy as that. A person must also take into consideration things like the amount of academic training the career requires, the physical stamina the career will require, and the number of years they must work in specific subspecialty before they can advance in the hierarchy of that subspecialty. For instance in some states, to become a master residential electrician a person must follow and complete the following steps (or something quite similar):

  1. two years of academic training from and accredited institution
  2. pass the test to become an apprentice electrician
  3. work as an apprentice electrician for two years prior to taking the test to become a journeyman electrician
  4. work is a journeyman electrician for 2 to 4 years before they are eligible to take the test to become a master electrician
  5. pass the test become a master electrician

Other Electrician Training Options

As you can see from the above scenario, it generally takes six or eight years to become residential master electrician. Not everyone is willing to make that type of commitment to reach the top of their field; nor is everyone willing to make a two-year academic commitment. Yet other subspecialties of the electrical field, such as telecommunications technician, require much less individual commitment and time to reach the top of the field.

Sometimes all that is needed to become a telecommunications technician is taking a training program offered by a local telephone or TV cable company to install networks, Internet services or TV services and these types of training programs can take less than three months. The technician then works in the field with another technician for a few months before they are eventually working on their own as a technician.

One thing to note is that a telecommunications technician most likely will never reach the pay scale of a master electrician simply because their training did not require as much individual commitment.

Embarking on your New Career as an Electrician

The bottom line is: before embarking on any electrician training program, individuals should first try and hone down their choices in the electrical field while paying close attention to the amount of personal commitment required to get started in the type of position they desire.

Individuals should also carefully consider the type of future commitment and the job duties their desired career requires. Only after a specific choice is made as to the exact subspecialty of the electrical field a person wants to work in can they start the proper type of electrician training…

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