Considering a career in the trades? Here are 6 reasons why a career in the electrical field is a good choice.
1) It Pays For Itself
As a skilled trades student you’ll be working and learning your trade while earning a wage, all at the same time. Whatever you spend on the program—usually less than you would with a typical university or college program—you’ll be able to start paying it back right from the get-go.
2) Great Wages
According to Workopolis, the average salary for all jobs in Ontario is $49,000. The average pay for Ontario electricians starts around $30,000-40,000 and can eventually grow to over $80,000 — far more than just a living wage.
3) Job Demand and Job Security
There is already a skilled trades shortage which is projected to get worse with time. Throughout the next decade it is expected that over a quarter of Ontario’s skilled trades workforce will be at retirement age or already retired and in fact, shortages are being felt throughout Canada. This means that there are lots of options and opportunities for individuals with the skills, interest and flexibility to find work in their trade of choice.
Electricians are in high demand and can expect to take on many different challenges so every day is different and the pathways are just as varied. The Electrician Job Map provides just a sample of where electrical training can take you.
5) Transferable Skills
In the trades, learning is focused on practical, functional and transferrable skills—how to use hand tools, how architectural and mechanical systems work and problem solving. These skills can be applied to performing work on your own home, expanding your skills to learn a different trade or entering different industries.
6) Challenging Work
Electrical work is both physically and mentally demanding. It’s very complex, requiring intelligent and creative solutions to problems but as with any good job, a sense of accomplishment is felt upon completion.
To find out how to take the first step towards becoming an electrician, contact Peter McNamee at firstname.lastname@example.org and get trained in just 22 weeks at The Centre for Skills Development & Training.