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What are some job-related difficulties one faces being an electrician?

I am a student in Job Corps who is studying facility maintenance and is interested in becoming a journeyman to be a certified electrician.

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Hello Pamela. Let me try to answer your question from my perspective. One of my professions is a real estate developer. I acquire homes, sometimes I have to manage the renovation of the houses which includes electrical work. I think you will have a great career as an electrician. They are highly compensated and there will always be enough work. In some areas, you have to belong to a union to get certain types of work. In certain geographic locations, there is a very strong preference for union electricians than non-union electricians so you will want to do your research in terms of what situation is best for you. Often union workers have uniformed training from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), negotiated rates with certain industries, and more formalized work opportunities. Non-union workers tend to get training from local technical schools and work as independent contractors. Both are great career paths but consider these factors when choosing your path. I'm not an electrician obviously so I can't tell you anything about the day-to-day challenges.

Carl recommends the following next steps:

Google IBEW and seek out a contact who can advise on some of the challenges of an electrician.
Ask your job corp advisor for a contact who is an electrician. They can provide advise as well.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your reply. I really appreciate the advice, it's very helpful! I am actually looking into joining IBEW union, and with your suggestion it makes me even more certain! :) Pamela
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