AVERAGE WAGES IN COLORADO:
$51,000 per year
$24 per hour
Electricians are problem-solvers; they enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together. As an electrician, you will use specialized hand tools, drills, and diagnostic tools to install and repair complex electrical wiring systems.
Electrical work requires well-rounded technical knowledge. Many electricians complete an apprenticeship program to become journeymen. This formal training pays off; your pay scale will be much higher as an electrical journeyman. Plus, apprenticeships allow you to get paid while you learn.
While electrical work doesn’t require too much heavy lifting, it may require you to climb ladders and enter crawlspaces and attics. Fine motor skills are also necessary; it’s important to pay attention to small details when you are working with wires.
Electrical has a variety of specialty areas. Some options include repairing power outages, laying wiring for new buildings, and troubleshooting electrical issues. You could work inside or outside, depending on your specialty. You could also have the opportunities to be a business owner or work for a well-established electrical company.
- Mentally challenging
- High-demand skill
- Hands-on work
- Self-employment opportunities