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If you are the type of person who enjoys working with your hands, troubleshooting and repairing electrical problems, and forming good business and customer service skills, then a career as an electrician may be the right choice for you.

Discovering your passion

Construction around military installations is a constant. With most constructions jobs, electricians are in demand. If you are considering a career as an electrician, review the Research Occupations tool on MySECO. Take self-assessments to make sure your skills and interests align with this career path.

Education and training

Once you have made the decision to pursue a career as an electrician, you can explore the many tools and resources on MySECO to assist you in achieving the education requirements necessary to practice in your profession. Following completion of a high school degree or equivalent, most aspiring electricians enter a four-year or five-year apprenticeship program. Each year of your program will consist of at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.

To find an electrical apprenticeship program near you, visit the following sites:

Some electricians attend technical school directly out of high school, where programs can target a specific area of expertise. However, completing a technical school program does not immediately qualify you to enter the workforce. Typically, completion of a technical school program will earn you credit toward the completion of your apprenticeship program.

College Scorecard is a great starting point for researching and selecting an education institution. When you visit College Scorecard, search by program/degree, location, size and more to find a program of study near you. You can also use the Scholarship Finder on MySECO to assist with finding funding relevant to the military community to pay for classes.

Most states require electricians to pass a test and complete licensure requirements before they can work. To prepare for and pass the test to receive a license, you will need to know about the National Electrical Code, state electrical codes and local electrical codes. Contact your local or state electrical licensing board to learn about your state-specific requirements. Be sure to view the Spouse Licensure Map for up-to-date state legislation and licensure information for your specific state. 

Finding employment

Now that you’ve met the education requirements to become an electrician, it’s time to find a job in your occupation. One of the first places to look is the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search. Hundreds of partner employers have made the commitment to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. A recent search of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search provided job listings using the keyword “Electrician,” including positions with the following companies:

You can also search your local state and national job bank for electrician positions or use the MySECO Job Search Tools, which include the following:

Professional organizations and networking

Another key to starting and progressing in your career as an electrician is to make the right connections through networking. Consider joining a professional organization in your chosen field to gain a better understanding of current industry practices and policies surrounding electrical work. Professional organizations are great ways to continue your education through workshops and conferences, which will add to your transferable skill set as you move. Networking with other professionals in your industry will give you an edge in meeting the right people who may have the connections you need to obtain an interview at your new location. Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.

Next steps

To explore additional information related to starting your career as an electrician, check out the Research Occupations tool on MySECO. Enter the keyword “Electrician” to learn more about your specialty field. If you need additional information on obtaining the proper license or certification as part of your specialty field, visit the Advantages of Licensure article in the Licensures and Certifications section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO.

If you have questions about apprenticeship programs, you can check out the article Learn Skills Through Apprenticeships. You can also speak with a career coach at 800-342-9647 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Coaches are available to review your resume, practice interviewing, discuss networking or assist you in understanding employer requirements for this field.

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