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Online Electrician Degrees and Careers

Let there be light--and phone, Internet, TV, and solar panels. That's the responsibility of electricians in modern times. As an electrician, you could wire homes and buildings to bring clients not only electricity, but also phone calls, data, video and the latest energy saving gadgets. You could also fix electric machines.

Electrician jobs are projected to experience 12 percent growth between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which reports positions should become available in coming years as an increasing number of veteran electricians retire, the demand for electricity to operate the latest technology grows, and clients demand energy saving equipment, such as solar panels and motion sensors for turning on lights.

Education & Career Opportunities in Electrician

Instead of electrician degree programs, most training is conducted through apprenticeship programs that typically last four years and provide on-the-job training. You could also obtain pertinent education in technology schools, community colleges, the U.S. Armed Forces, and high school. Courses to learn how to install wires to receive voice, data, and video are also useful. To work as an electrician, you may need a county license. About 79 percent of electricians work in the construction industry or are self-employed. Mean annual wage stands at $50,850 in 2009.

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