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.).
• 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.
Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas
Average annual job openings in Arkansas
Jobs in Arkansas by 2026
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
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Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and CareerOneStop.org