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What is the median salary of an electrician? Would it be a good idea to major in engineering to follow this path?

I'm a sophomore in high school in Boston and I am interested in becoming an electrician. #engineering #electrician #financial-planning

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Simon’s Answer

You don't need an engineering degree to be an electrician. It would be a waste of time and money. As a manager of an engineering group installing project, I appeciate the skilled trades. Electricians can work on residences, commercial or industrial facilities and perform high voltage or low voltage (instrument) installations. Depending on where you work, and what you do, you can earn $50-100,000 a year. If you want to be an electrician I would suggest a technical/trade school or a union trade school or even start as a helper and learn on the job and get a certification. Good luck. We can always use another quality electrician.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Michael!

You are actually talking about two very interesting but different career paths.

To become an electrician, one could start an apprenticeship right out of high school. That career does not require a college education, which would allow you to become employed much sooner with less expense. Here is a site that explains about becoming an electrician, which is a more hands on career than an electrical engineer, which will requires a 4 year or more degree and deals more with conception and planning. I will present a site for that further down on the page.


If you wanted to become an electrical engineer that will require a at least a 4 year degree. Here is a site that will explain more:


Enjoy your exploration! Send thank you notes to those who help you. Please keep me informed . i would like to follow your progress.

I agree completely with Mr. Simmons' answer and could not have written it any better. Excellent explanation of the differences between becoming an electrician versus an electrical engineer. Good luck to Michael in whatever future career you choose. Terry Coyne