NEXT PROS: Trey Watts, Electrician

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jacob Slaton
"[I like that] you’re learning something new. I use tools that I never used before and I learn how to use them." – Trey Watts

Trey Watts

Hometown: Pine Bluff | Age: 23 | Where I trained: Arkansas Construction Education Foundation apprenticeship with Carrington Electric | What I earned: Experience as an apprentice | Job title: Apprentice Electrician | Employer: Carrington Electric in Pine Bluff

What does an electrician do?

Electricians work in homes or businesses to install or repair electrical systems that control the power and lighting.

Electrical contractors work in different markets, so electrician apprentices are exposed to different work environments. Depending on the contractor, the apprentice may have heavy exposure to only one marketplace, such as retail, or multiple (think schools, banks, hospitals, etc.).

Related Occupations

• Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers

• Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

• Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

• Elevator Installers and Repairers

• Pipefitters and Steamfitters


• Install and maintain electrical systems to ensure businesses and homes run efficiently.

• Troubleshoot problems and repair wiring or equipment.

• Use different electrical tools to diagnose problems.

• Read blueprints and follow safety and building regulations.

• Perform maintenance and upgrade older systems.

Job Outlook

Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas

Average annual job openings in Arkansas

Jobs in Arkansas by 2026

This option is for you if:
You tend to be a leader among peers.
You are willing to go where the work is.
You’re always learning something new.
 You want performance-based earnings.
  You value safety and the safety of others

Upward Mobility

First year apprentices start out at 50% of electrician wages. By their fourth year, they earn 90% of wages, but they must pass the licensing exam to earn 100% of electrician wages.

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$43,530 Annual
$20.93 Hourly


Arkansas Construction Education Foundation
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus
College of the Ouachitas
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology – Crossett


Arkansas Electric Cooperatives
Kimbel Mechanical Systems
L'Oreal Maybelline Co.
McKee Foods Corporation
Pace Industries
Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates
Thompson Electric
Tyson Foods
Union Pacific Railroad
Wabash National

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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