Electrician

Wire the World

Install, repair and wire the world!

Electricians use their hands and minds in this high-skilled trade to power homes, businesses and lives. With the push for clean energy, the opportunities for this career are boundless. Go for the green while helping the world go green.


What it Pays

  • $63,315 median annual for mid-level experience in Los Angeles County
  • Median hourly range of $23.25 to $38.33 in California, based on experience level

What You'll Need

  • On-the-job training, usually as an apprentice. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, in partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association, offers paid apprenticeships that include on-the-job training and classes at the IBEW-NECA Electrical Training Institute of Southern California in Los Angeles
  • Community colleges offer electrical trainee classes
  • State license for contractors

Where to Find Local Programs

  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 represents more than 12,000 workers in the Long Beach/Los Angeles area. In partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association, IBEW Local 11 offers paid apprenticeships that include classes and on-the-job training through the Electrical Training Institute of Southern California
  • Long Beach City College offers classes through its Electrical Technology Program
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