If you're considering a career in the electrical industry, you're making a smart choice. By 2028, the field is expected to add more than 74,100 jobs nationwide, with a median average hourly wage of more than $26 per hour as of 2018*. The first question you may have, however, is how long it takes to become an electrician - and for that, Lincoln Tech has the answer.
Training programs in electrical and renewable energy technology or electrical and electronic systems technology take about a year to complete. Both qualify you to take the next step on the path to becoming an electrician: earning an apprenticeship.
As an apprentice, you'll gain hands-on experience working side-by-side with a licensed, practicing electrician. You'll also have the opportunity to prepare for state-specific licensing exams, and you'll learn what the "work-life" of a professional electrician is like.
Apprenticeships are paid and last approximately 4-6 years, depending on where you are located. Many states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and more than 20 others, also have "prevailing wage laws" that protect apprentice wage rates by ensuring that apprentices follow local IBEW guidelines.
Once earned, your electrician certification can help you pursue a career anywhere in the country. Electricians are needed everywhere, especially in New England and in states such as Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Outside of Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Illinois have the highest average electrician salary rates - you'll find the Lincoln Tech campus conveniently located in both areas to help you train and connect with hiring managers.
A career in the electrical industry can be rewarding, exciting, and fulfilling - but it won't happen overnight. How long it takes to become an electrician depends on many factors, but in the end, you'll be glad you chose this career path.
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