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Residential Electrician Career Diploma

Our interactive Residential Electrician program covers modern industry trends such as smart home technology, and includes a virtual simulation experience, student discounts from Snap-on, and complies with the latest version of the National Electrical Code®.

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About the Program
In this program, you will learn the skills that will help you take your first step toward a career as a residential electrician. Completing this course will help prepare you for an entry-level career as an electrician at the apprenticeship level by teaching you the knowledge and skills relevant for performing residential electrical jobs in a variety of settings – including construction or maintenance companies, manufacturing and wholesale suppliers, and government agencies.

With over 60,000 electrician jobs expected to open up in the next several years, now is a great time to get the online electrical training that will help you pursue a career in this high-growth field.

Career Growth & Opportunity
As an electrician, you’ll likely work full-time for a company. The wages for this role vary greatly depending on a number of factors, but in general you can earn anywhere between $32,000 and $90,000 a year. The average salary for an electrician is about $53,000 a year.

You’ll start out as a first-year apprentice electrician and you will continue to gain the on-the-job training necessary to learn the trade and eventually move on to gain higher levels of responsibility as a second-, third-, and fourth-year apprentice. From there, you’ll work toward completing the apprenticeship and earning the title of Journey-level electrician. Often times, those who have been in the role for many years move on to become independent electrical contractors and manage a group of electricians themselves.

A Day in the Life: Residential Electrician

Electricians will typically work in client homes, construction sites, factories or electrical utility stations. You’ll be on your feet often and need to follow strict safety procedures to avoid occupational hazards such as electrical shocks. Most electricians work around 40 hours per week, though independent contractors often work much more. Occasional night shifts or weekend work is required, and often times you’ll be called into work with little notice.