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ELECTRICIAN, IN-DEPTH: You Have To Use Your Brain When Handling 5,000 Kilowatts

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David, an Electrician, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, why he chose to be an Electrician, and how hard it is to get a job in his field. It's a great feeling when you successfully solve a problem and help people, using your hands AND your smarts.

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Job Title: Electrician

Job Summary: Electricians

Job Description

Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Almost every building has an electrical system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. Electricians do both the installing and maintaining of electrical systems.

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Most states require licensure. Requirements vary by state. Contact your state's licensing agency for more information.

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Average salary
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$30,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
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20 to 30 percent
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Full-time
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Indoor, Physically demanding, Office
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Leadership ability, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills

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m='12030'>something</span> <span m='12410'>that it</span> <span m='12530'>ends</span> <span m='12910'>up</span> <span m='13030'>working.</span> <span m='16670'>And</span> <span m='17190'>I</span> <span m='17340'>don't</span> <span m='17500'>work</span> <span m='17720'>behind</span> <span m='17970'>a desk.</span> <span m='18300'>I'm</span> <span m='18630'>the</span> <span m='18800'>type of</span> <span m='18910'>guy,</span> <span m='19230'>I need</span> <span m='19380'>to be</span> <span m='19500'>moving,</span> <span m='20030'>I</span> <span m='20090'>need</span> <span m='20310'>to</span> <span m='21050'>be</span> <span m='21150'>doing</span> <span m='21420'>something,</span> <span m='22110'>and</span> <span m='23460'>it</span> <span m='23650'>just</span> <span m='23910'>fit.</span> <span m='24630'>And</span> <span m='25160'>plus,</span> <span m='25330'>I'm</span> <span m='25480'>good</span> <span m='25770'>at math.</span> </p><p><span m='26560'>The</span> <span m='26730'>challenge</span> <span m='28640'>for</span> <span m='28810'>me</span> <span m='29040'>is</span> <span m='29190'>getting</span> <span m='29500'>up</span> <span m='29720'>at the</span> <span m='29800'>crack</span> <span m='30050'>of</span> <span m='30130'>dawn--</span> <span m='31260'>I'm sure</span> <span m='31540'>that</span> <span m='31840'>is with</span> <span m='32030'>everybody.</span> <span m='33210'>But</span> <span m='34550'>having</span> <span m='34890'>to</span> <span m='35010'>think</span> <span m='35340'>about</span> <span m='35680'>what</span> <span m='35850'>you</span> <span m='36000'>do</span> <span m='36500'>to</span> <span m='36710'>a</span> <span m='36790'>T</span> <span m='37100'>so</span> <span m='37240'>you</span> <span m='37450'>don't</span> <span m='38230'>hurt</span> <span m='38550'>anybody,</span> <span m='39200'>or</span> <span m='39310'>kill</span> <span m='39610'>anybody,</span> <span m='40090'>or</span> <span m='40240'>kill</span> <span m='40440'>yourself</span> <span m='40870'>even.</span> <span m='42190'>There's</span> <span m='42390'>a</span> <span m='42460'>lot</span> <span m='42690'>more</span> <span m='42930'>thought</span> <span m='43260'>process</span> <span m='43840'>involved</span> <span m='44450'>when</span> <span m='44560'>you're</span> <span m='44670'>dealing</span> <span m='45100'>with</span> <span m='45250'>5,000</span> <span m='46470'>kilowatts</span> <span m='48120'>rather</span> <span m='48430'>than</span> <span m='48640'>a</span> <span m='48720'>little</span> <span m='49200'>house</span> <span m='49660'>plug</span> <span m='50000'>or</span> <span m='50140'>something</span> <span m='50430'>like</span> <span m='50650'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='51170'>You</span> <span m='51340'>really</span> <span m='51570'>have</span> <span m='51700'>to</span> <span m='51800'>use</span> <span m='52090'>your</span> <span m='52190'>brain</span> <span m='52450'>and</span> <span m='52710'>you</span> <span m='52850'>really</span> <span m='53160'>have</span> <span m='53310'>to</span> <span m='53400'>make</span> <span m='53620'>sure</span> <span m='53760'>you're</span> <span m='53890'>doing</span> <span m='54090'>the</span> <span m='54180'>right</span> <span m='54410'>thing,</span> <span m='54630'>or</span> <span m='55240'>it could</span> <span m='55350'>be</span> <span m='55460'>a</span> <span m='55540'>catastrophe.</span> <span m='56180'>You</span> <span m='56445'>could</span> <span m='56710'>blow</span> <span m='56790'>up a</span> <span m='57200'>panel.</span> <span m='57670'>You</span> <span m='57800'>can</span> <span m='58000'>blow</span> <span m='58270'>up</span> <span m='58960'>a</span> <span m='59030'>house.</span> <span m='60330'>The</span> <span m='60440'>most</span> <span m='60910'>dangerous</span> <span m='61410'>fires</span> <span m='61830'>in</span> <span m='61900'>the</span> <span m='61960'>house</span> <span m='62280'>are</span> <span m='62400'>electrical</span> <span m='62800'>fires.</span> <span m='63650'>So</span> <span m='64050'>if</span> <span m='64170'>we</span> <span m='64340'>mess</span> <span m='64660'>up,</span> <span m='66530'>people</span> <span m='66780'>get hurt.</span> </p><p><span m='67980'>Well,</span> <span m='68120'>I</span> <span m='68380'>had</span> <span m='68510'>a</span> <span m='68550'>friend</span> <span m='69000'>that</span> <span m='69170'>was</span> <span m='69370'>a</span> <span m='69480'>glazier.</span> <span m='70800'>For</span> <span m='70930'>those</span> <span m='71170'>of</span> <span m='71240'>you</span> <span m='71300'>don't</span> <span m='71560'>know</span> <span m='71700'>what that</span> <span m='71880'>is,</span> <span m='72230'>they</span> <span m='72380'>work</span> <span m='72610'>on</span> <span m='72690'>windows.</span> <span m='73720'>And</span> <span m='73890'>I</span> <span m='73930'>said,</span> <span m='74160'>how</span> <span m='74270'>do</span> <span m='74340'>you</span> <span m='74470'>get</span> <span m='74620'>into</span> <span m='74870'>that?</span> <span m='75200'>I'm</span> <span m='75410'>looking</span> <span m='75540'>to</span> <span m='75620'>do</span> <span m='75850'>something</span> <span m='76150'>else.</span> <span m='76370'>I'm</span> <span m='76580'>looking</span> <span m='76760'>to</span> <span m='78110'>basically</span> <span m='78700'>expand</span> <span m='79140'>my</span> <span m='79320'>portfolio.</span> </p><p><span m='80740'>And</span> <span m='81240'>he</span> <span m='81390'>said,</span> <span m='81840'>you</span> <span m='81980'>don't want</span> <span m='82160'>to</span> <span m='82210'>do</span> <span m='82370'>this.</span> <span m='82750'>You</span> <span m='83070'>either want</span> <span m='83220'>to</span> <span m='83270'>be</span> <span m='83410'>a</span> <span m='83460'>plumber</span> <span m='83715'>or an</span> <span m='83970'>electrician.</span> <span m='84990'>They</span> <span m='85330'>don't</span> <span m='85530'>work</span> <span m='85760'>as</span> <span m='85880'>hard</span> <span m='86290'>and</span> <span m='87230'>they</span> <span m='87390'>make</span> <span m='87620'>the</span> <span m='87700'>most</span> <span m='87930'>money.</span> </p><p><span m='90160'>All</span> <span m='90350'>of</span> <span m='90410'>them</span> <span m='90470'>work</span> <span m='90790'>hard.</span> <span m='91240'>None</span> <span m='91390'>of</span> <span m='91590'>them</span> <span m='91680'>work</span> <span m='92025'>less,</span> <span m='92370'>it's just</span> <span m='92580'>a</span> <span m='92640'>different</span> <span m='92980'>kind</span> <span m='93220'>of</span> <span m='93280'>work.</span> <span m='93680'>So</span> <span m='94950'>that's</span> <span m='95150'>the</span> <span m='95240'>main</span> <span m='95480'>things</span> <span m='96030'>why</span> <span m='96240'>I</span> <span m='96290'>chose</span> <span m='96570'>to be an</span> <span m='96670'>electrician.</span> <span m='97290'>And</span> <span m='97380'>plus,</span> <span m='97670'>it</span> <span m='97720'>was</span> <span m='97860'>the</span> <span m='97950'>most</span> <span m='98240'>math</span> <span m='99140'>involved,</span> <span m='100070'>more</span> <span m='100430'>than</span> <span m='100670'>physical</span> <span m='101080'>labor.</span> <span m='101760'>So</span> <span m='101990'>that's</span> <span m='102180'>why--</span> <span m='102330'>I</span> <span m='102590'>wanted</span> <span m='102760'>to be</span> <span m='102910'>able</span> <span m='103000'>to</span> <span m='103080'>use</span> <span m='103330'>my</span> <span m='103470'>brain</span> <span m='103840'>as</span> <span m='103930'>well</span> <span m='104200'>as</span> <span m='104830'>be</span> <span m='105180'>able</span> <span m='105310'>to</span> <span m='105370'>move</span> <span m='105650'>around.</span> </p><p><span m='106320'>Is</span> <span m='106650'>it</span> <span m='106880'>hard</span> <span m='107200'>to</span> <span m='107260'>get</span> <span m='107400'>a</span> <span m='107490'>job</span> <span m='107830'>as</span> <span m='107950'>an</span> <span m='108000'>electrician?</span> <span m='109530'>It</span> <span m='109840'>can</span> <span m='110210'>be,</span> <span m='110460'>but</span> <span m='110690'>for</span> <span m='110780'>the</span> <span m='110880'>most</span> <span m='111180'>part</span> <span m='111380'>it's</span> <span m='111550'>not.</span> <span m='112920'>You</span> <span m='113090'>can</span> <span m='113260'>either</span> <span m='113430'>go</span> <span m='113620'>through</span> <span m='113760'>the</span> <span m='113870'>union</span> <span m='114800'>or</span> <span m='115010'>just</span> <span m='115280'>learn</span> <span m='115540'>the</span> <span m='115600'>trade</span> <span m='115890'>on</span> <span m='116010'>your</span> <span m='116170'>own.</span> <span m='116370'>Go to</span> <span m='116740'>an</span> <span m='116950'>non-union</span> <span m='117210'>shop,</span> <span m='117600'>be</span> <span m='117820'>an</span> <span m='117870'>apprentice.</span> <span m='120210'>But</span> <span m='120410'>there's</span> <span m='120590'>always</span> <span m='120910'>construction</span> <span m='121440'>work</span> <span m='121660'>going</span> <span m='121960'>on.</span> <span m='122190'>If</span> <span m='122250'>somebody's</span> <span m='122710'>willing</span> <span m='123020'>to</span> <span m='123070'>give</span> <span m='123290'>you</span> <span m='123440'>a</span> <span m='123510'>job</span> <span m='123850'>or</span> <span m='123920'>give you</span> <span m='124180'>an</span> <span m='124250'>opportunity</span> <span m='124910'>to</span> <span m='125010'>do</span> <span m='125200'>that,</span> <span m='125510'>I'm</span> <span m='125640'>sure</span> <span m='125870'>they</span> <span m='126010'>would.</span> </p><p><span m='126370'>But</span> <span m='126510'>through</span> <span m='126690'>the</span> <span m='126800'>union</span> <span m='127270'>there's</span> <span m='127470'>a</span> <span m='127520'>process.</span> <span m='128090'>It's</span> <span m='128350'>just like</span> <span m='128520'>applying</span> <span m='128940'>for a</span> <span m='129199'>job--</span> <span m='130250'>there's</span> <span m='130560'>a</span> <span m='130720'>background</span> <span m='131290'>check,</span> <span m='131550'>all</span> <span m='131810'>that</span> <span m='132250'>other</span> <span m='132350'>stuff,</span> <span m='132680'>you have</span> <span m='132780'>to take a</span> <span m='133070'>test.</span> <span m='133690'>But</span> <span m='134460'>if</span> <span m='134620'>you</span> <span m='134760'>want</span> <span m='134880'>to</span> <span m='134930'>work</span> <span m='135190'>in</span> <span m='135270'>construction,</span> <span m='135625'>all</span> <span m='135980'>you</span> <span m='136250'>have</span> <span m='136530'>to</span> <span m='136740'>go</span> <span m='136880'>is go to</span> <span m='137040'>a site--</span> <span m='137380'>you guys</span> <span m='137570'>need</span> <span m='137990'>any</span> <span m='138090'>help?</span> <span m='138460'>You</span> <span m='138560'>can</span> <span m='138650'>be</span> <span m='138780'>a</span> <span m='138840'>laborer,</span> <span m='139620'>whatever.</span> <span m='140270'>But</span> <span m='140800'>they're</span> <span m='140980'>going</span> <span m='141070'>to</span> <span m='141120'>start</span> <span m='141380'>you</span> <span m='141510'>off</span> <span m='141730'>at the</span> <span m='141850'>bottom</span> <span m='142250'>of the</span> <span m='142430'>barrel,</span> <span m='142750'>then you</span> <span m='143100'>got to work</span> <span m='143370'>your</span> <span m='143490'>way</span> <span m='143720'>up.</span> </p>","file":{"id":311470,"video_id":"2844371942001","name":"1456-David-Electrician2","duration":145357,"thumbnail_url":null}});