Did you ever wonder what life was like before electricity? Electricity is hugely important to modern day life and where would we be without all those important electricians who maintain this on our behalf? If you’re thinking about becoming an electrician but considering other trades we thought we’d give you the top 10 reasons why we think you should become an electrician today:
It pays the most of all the trades
In a resent blog post we discussed the salary expectations for electricians in 2015, the average salary for an employed electrician is £30,172 which has increased by 4.60% since 2013 and this is nearly £2000 more than plumbers who rank second in the trades pay scale. We’ve seen this increase due to a skill shortage in this sector since the recession hit in 2008 when the skilled labourers of the time left the industry for pastures new, therefore the electricians left are in short supply since the market recovery meaning they can charge more!
Obviously for those who become an electrician it is possible to supplement their salaries by going self employed, working over time, becoming approved with a JIB Card, or investing in an inspection and testing course, becoming management or moving into office work after completing our 2396 Electrical Design course, which means if you work hard you can earn a lot more than the average. There is career progression available for all electricians and there are various paths you can take!
Challenging interesting work
Dealing with electrics can be a tricky job, you have to have a great understanding of practical installation skills, electrical diagrams and health and safety. You need to be able to think quickly to provide solutions for problems working away making sure your work is compliant to the UK’s wiring and building regulations. One day you may be carrying out a standard install, the next you could be fault finding and then you could be inspecting and testing. This challenge and variety will keep you sharp and ensure that no two days are ever the same.
A career and skills for life
Once you learn your trade it’s a skill which will see you through until the end of your life, this is a sort after skill which your friends and colleagues will be interested in seeking your help and advice for.
Property side projects
Most tradesman or women have a lot of friends within the industry which means its easy for them to do up houses cheaply and sell these on, which is a healthy way of topping up that income.
The van office space
One of the most appealing reasons to become an electrician would be to own your own office on wheels this is where you can have business meetings with employees, keep your old sandwiches you decided to swap for fast food, newspapers and dirty old boots this is away from prying eyes which you can call your bachelors escape from the world.
The working environment
This is possibly the most tempting part of becoming an electrician. Not everyone is interested in working behind a desk, writing emails, and signing contracts if you want a career with your hands then electrics could be for you. Electricians are often on the move working in various homes and areas even electricians who perform electrical work for a single company will likely be on the move from day to day. You’re not tied down to the same four walls of an office building with the same co-workers to strict working hours allowing you the experience a variety of homes and businesses around the country. We would always highly recommend our blog on the do’s and don’ts when working in a domestic dwelling, this will assist new entrants to the trade.