Pictured are Orleans Tech RCE StudentsIt’s funny how quickly things can change for electricians. It seems like one minute the economy is in a tailspin and construction is bottoming out. The next, we’re in recovery and suddenly there is a construction boom.

Jobs for electricians tend to reflect the overall health of the economy, meaning that the better the economy, the more electricians are needed to handle the increase in construction.

Now, as things are getting better, an opportunity is emerging for young, up-and-coming skilled workers in the area of electrical work. In short, if you’re interested in becoming an electrician, there likely will be plenty of opportunities for you in the near future.

During our recent recession, many electricians in the Philadelphia left the industry, seeing a lack of work and jobs. Instead, they moved on to other work and careers. Now, just a few years later, the industry misses those workers, and there is capacity for new professionals to step in and take that work.

Electrician employment opportunities are projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026. Prospects for electricians should continue to have a positive outlook, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. (Source: Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook)

What’s more, the work an electrician does is evolving. Solar and wind energies are altering the way electricians work, and as they continue to emerge as alternative energy sources, the job of an electrician will also shift as well. This also gives new electricians an advantage because they will be learning how to do that work with their initial training. Existing electricians have had to adapt to the new technology while receiving this new training. For those who strike quickly, they have a chance to get in on the ground floor.

So the big question for someone like you no doubt revolves around getting started. This is the right time for someone considering a career as an electrician to get in because of the need. The opportunities and the need are there, so, really, why not?

You can begin a new career in Electrical in just 6 months at Orleans Tech! For more information about our upcoming class and how to get started, please use the form to request info.!