Following graduation, when all of your studies are done, the most common question you’ll face is “what are you going to do now?”. It can be difficult knowing which career path to choose, and even if you thought you had it all figured out, you may find that you change your mind once you gain more experience. One of the most stable and valued career paths you can choose is to become an electrician – here are eight reasons why you should consider training in this industry.

1. It’s a Respected Trade

As an electrician, you’ll carry out technical work that requires a high level of skill and knowledge. More often than not, homeowners or business owners require an electrician to carry out these tasks, as they aren’t able to complete them alone. As a result, you can be sure that you’ll be joining a respected and trusted industry that people place a lot of value in. Plus it’s a trade that can benefit you for a lifetime.

2. There’s a Growing Demand for Qualified Electricians

There’s a consistent need for qualified electricians and the pace of growth is expected to continue to increase in the coming years, making this a stable industry if you’re just starting your career. As a society, we depend on electricity enormously, from the devices we use to how we heat out homes, and there are new technologies emerging all the time. People will need skilled electricians for many years to come in order to maintain and repair these devices, so you’ll always have a demand for your services and
there’s always be job security.

3. Retirement means there will be plenty of jobs

Data from the Department for Education suggests that up to 50% of the workforce is projected to retire over the next 6 years creating 121,200 job openings. This makes it one of the most secure trades you can move into. Find out more here:

4. It Pays Well

The average salary for a qualified electrician in the UK is over £32,000 per year, making it one of the top-paying trades. Trained labourers are always in demand and, as a result of this, electricians can earn a good wage from their experience and skillset. This career also offers great opportunities for working overtime and other ways to supplement your income further, so there are many chances to earn more than the average. However, start out on your own as a contractor or a small business and the earning potential increases even more and most experienced electricians can easily charge between £150 to £250 per day.

5. The Chance to go Self-Employed

For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, working as an electrician gives you the chance to start your own business or work for yourself. In fact, it’s a great reason to learn this trade if running your own operation is something, you’re keen on.

6. You’ll Gain Specialised Skills

One of the reasons a career as an electrician is so respected is that people in this trade have a specialised skillset and knowledge that most people don’t have. Working with electrical outlets can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it’s also a job that requires problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to solve complex issues.

7. Each Day is Different

Life as an electrician is anything but dull and repetitive – each day brings a different project and new problems to solve, making it a great job for anyone who enjoys a challenge and likes to be kept busy. For many people, one of the difficulties they face in choosing which career path to go down is the risk that the job they choose will become monotonous over time. But as an electrician, you can be sure that your work will always take in you in new directions and that you’ll be given new projects and challenges each day which will keep your work interesting.

8. You Can Move Up the Career Ladder

Even once you’re trained and working as an electrician, there are still opportunities to learn more and build on your skills to gain further qualifications and specialisations. With additional training, you can work your way up the career ladder to gain more experience, seniority and a greater salary, from becoming a master electrician to running your own company or working in electrical design.  


Clearly, working as an electrician is a great career move – especially if you’re just taking your first steps towards a lucrative and reward career. With Trade Skills 4U courses, you could begin gaining certifications in as little as 8 weeks.

If you’re inspired to learn more about becoming an electrician, Trade Skills 4U offer a wide range of courses to suit beginners. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about the courses we offer and how to get started with your training.