If you are an individual with electrical training who is seeking employment it may surprise you how many opportunities exist beyond the tradesman electrical work. Electricians are a niche career and those with proper education and experience are in high demand. As the workforce grows and the national economy improves so does the size and variety of the job market. The knowledge held by electricians is being applied in a multitude of ways to different jobs and projects, so sometimes looking beyond the title of ‘electrician’ can be an eye-opening and career broadening experience.
One of the many jobs that require electrical experience are Electrical Project Managers. While sometimes this job is titled differently, the intentions of the work are usually the same. Project Managers may be hired onto a construction or electrical company to plan and oversee the electrical aspects of the construction work. These individuals are responsible for making solid plans and projections about the electrical needs of a certain project, including the budgeting, materials needed, staff, crew and hiring as well as scheduling and estimating the work time. A Project Manager may be overseeing many projects as once, for example, if a new housing development goes up the developer will hire an Electrical Project Manager to plan and manage the electrical needs of each sort of model of house to be constructed as well as hire and distribute the electricians and electrical work for those building projects. This job requires a vast amount of electrical knowledge and keen sense of timing and responsibility.
Another job in the electrical field is that of Electrical Inspector. Electrical Inspectors can work for independent agencies, but more frequently work for the federal, state, or local government. These Inspectors visit building sites as well as pre-existing buildings to check the usage of parts and the safety of the electrical systems being applied. These Inspectors also sometimes work for manufacturing companies who make electrical parts and systems to act as safety and quality control agents. This is an important and often well-compensated job because inspectors set the professional standards of electrical work in the regions that they serve.
Electrical Distribution is third example of an unusual electrical job. Electrical Distributors often also have engineering experience or training. These professionals oversee the distribution of energy and electricity over a certain area. Distributors design the flow of electricity in their region and help to manage and maintain that system. Their knowledge helps them to solve problems that might come up and to plan for the future building growth of the locale. Like Electrical Inspectors, Distributors can make good money doing the job, and are usually employed by the State. The more space they manage and the larger the population, the greater the demands and the pay out of the job.
For electricians who are looking to grow and develop their careers from the technical standpoint, more education and training can be the best way to prepare. However, for many electrical professionals, a solid history of experience and a commitment to integrity is enough to expand towards new fields.
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