Why (now) and How to Start a Career as an Electrician
Across the United States, construction is booming.
Ceremonial shovel strokes are removing the first clods of dirt at new building sites. Retrofits, renovations, and upgrades of all sorts are bringing older buildings into the 21st Century. Finish-outs for new tenants are being completed as businesses move, build, and expand.
In short, it’s a great time to be in the electrical construction industry. The demand for workers (and the salaries those workers receive) is higher now than at any point in the last decade. Each year, some $1.3 Trillion in buildings and facilities are constructed around the country.
And yet, there’s a problem.
The demand for workers–especially electricians–has grown faster than the supply of available labor. This means that at many construction sites work has slowed to a crawl, or stopped completely. Glistening new buildings and fancy renovations are having to wait their turn to get access to electricians and other construction workers.
A Blessing in Disguise
That might sound bad, but really it’s an amazing opportunity. Right now, apprentice electricians (those who are new to the job and still working on their license) can expect to earn upwards of $40,000 a year. Journeymen electricians (fully-licensed and more experienced) earn about $54,000 a year. Master electricians can expect much higher salaries.
As one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, FSG knows how great the demand is for talented, dedicated electricians. We also know how rewarding electrical work is.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Greenlee to bring their Green Apple Labs to FSG branches. In these labs, men and women will learn the skills necessary to become electricians who can get work started again at construction sites all around the country.
Several of the FSG/Greenlee labs are already open around the country, but this week, the official grand opening happens in San Antonio. From San Antonio to Chicago, Southern California to New York City, hundreds of eager apprentices are beginning their journey in their new careers. Beyond those physical locations (and others), we are also welcoming dozens of students through video distance learning.
As they train and learn, participants in our Electrical Apprentice program earn a fair wage and work under the leadership of industry veterans. Once they have completed the program, our students will walk out of the lab and right into field work.
An Education, Now
One of the many advantages to choosing a career as an electrician is the chance it offers to get educated (and get to work) right now.
As a skilled trade, most electrician positions do not require a college degree. This is great news for those of us who would rather choose not to pursue higher education. The FSG/Greenlee labs take students right out of high school and put them straight into a high-earning career. No student debt, no waiting.
The apprentice job starts, and FSG pays for the training. There is no expense for the apprentice electrician to complete this certification.
We are always looking for schools to partner with in this area. If you are a vocational teacher or educator who is interested in helping your students get to work in a rewarding career, visit our Educators apprentice page here.
We Want Veterans
Because of the highly technical nature of so many military careers, the FSG Electrical Apprentice program is a great choice for veterans transitioning from duty to civilian life.
Depending on the training you received and the work you did in uniform, you could be eligible to receive credits towards completing the Electrical Apprentice program. This will get you out into the field (and earning extra money) even faster.
If you are a veteran who is interested in learning more about our Veterans Apprentice Program, click here.
Industry Partners Needed
FSG couldn’t provide this Electrical Apprentice program without the help and support of partners like Greenlee, Graybar, NCCER, Hard Hat Heroes, SkillsUSA, and more. But we still need more help from industry partners.
We need partners who can provide some of the following equipment:
- Tools (hand tools)
- Aerial equipment
- Safety equipment
If your business would like to partner with FSG to help us grow these training programs, visit our Apprentice Program Industry Partners page here.
Open House and You’re Invited
As we mentioned, the FSG/Greenlee labs are opening this week. To celebrate, we’re holding an open house at our lab in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday, September 19.
If you have questions about our programs, would like to know more about becoming an electrician, or if you’re simply curious, we’d love to see you there! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Click here for more details and to RSVP for the Open House.
Who Should Become an Electrician?
If you like working with your hands, become an electrician.
If you like building and improving things, become an electrician.
If you want to go straight from the classroom to the job site, become an electrician.
If you want to work now instead of going to college, become an electrician.
If you want a good wage, an exciting job, and a rewarding career, become an electrician.
In short, there are lots of reasons why a career in the electrical trades makes sense. FSG and Greenlee are excited to kick off the Electrical Apprentice program, and we want to help more people become electricians through this program.
Visit our main Training Program page or call us at (512) 615-6615 if you have any questions!