Are you frustrated by your current employment prospects? Do you wish that you could switch careers without having to spend a ton of money going back to school? Getting a degree at a traditional university can be a great choice for many, but not everyone can afford to do so. Perhaps you've already gotten one degree but the employment prospects aren't quite what you were hoping for. If either of these sounds like they apply to you, you're not alone. But there is an option that you may not have considered: becoming a certified electrician. The reasons for doing so are varied, but some of them include:
Paid training: Although this doesn't apply everywhere, it is still something that you can look into. Some companies are willing to hire people with any skill level, put them into an apprenticeship program, and pay for their electrician certification. This is frequently done when demand for electricians is high but the number of qualified people looking for work is low. In some instances, you may have to sign a contract that says that you agree to work for the company in question for a few years after you're certified, but this may be a small price to pay to be able to change careers relatively easily.
Good salary: If you've ever had to call an electrician to fix something, you already have a pretty good idea as to how much a qualified electrician can make. Because electricians are needed everywhere in the modern world, their salaries can be extremely high when compared other salaries in the surrounding area. While the exact figures will vary depending on your total experience and where you live, it's not unlikely that you'll be making more money after you get your electrician certification than someone who has a Bachelor's or Master's degree in another field.
High demand: Every city everywhere needs electricians. This inescapable fact means that once you get your electrician certification, you'll be able to relocate to practically anywhere and more or less be guaranteed that you'll have a job that pays well. This is not something that can be said of many otherwise high-paying degrees. For instance, accountants are necessary and may get a high pay in some cities, but the market may be extremely limited, restricting not only potential salary but also where you'd be able to move and still be able to expect a higher wage. This is something that you'll rarely have to worry about as an electrician.