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Becoming An Electrician in Virginia

    United States
    Virginia

Overview

An electrician is a tradesman specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, transmission lines, stationary machines, and related equipment. Electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure.
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$40,000/yr in Virginia

Tools of the Trade

Pipe Bender
Pipe Bender
Reciprocating Saw
Reciprocating Saw
Multimeter
Multimeter
Portaband
Portaband
Side Cutters
Side Cutters
Fish Tape
Fish Tape

What Electricians Love About Their Trade

It's a great lifestyle.
New challenges every day.
Great pay.

Characteristics

High Paying
Work Indoors
Not Customer Facing
Variety of Tools
Not Hard on Body
Small Teams

Outlook

Advancement Potential
High
Are able to work up within their small teams.
Demand Forecast
High
One of the highest demand trades. Recession proof demand.
Entrepreneurship Potential
Very High
Very low startup cost and high likelihood of success.
Reviews
 (312
Geoffrey S.
You go into it making good money while your friends work crap jobs or go to college accumulating debt. By the time you're a journeyman you're 22 making more than $60k a year with no debt. Think of the potential. Especially if you're smart and save money from day 1. Its good satisfying work. I always feel very fulfilled at the end of a job. I built that!
Rod S.
The electrical trade is a bit difficult at first, but is very rewarding. I always feel accomplished after a big job. I also recommend going union. The union helps you to find a job to allow you to work and learn at the same time. Since the program is run by workers, they understand the needs of the apprentices.
Joseph F.
Hours are good, money is great, and you will be learning all the time. It is a great trade. They will always need electricians.
$72,380/ year
Estimated Salary