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So you've decided to become an electrician! The electrical industry is a great field to get into in recent years - in 2014, the electrical field had a job outlook that was much faster than average at 14% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What's even better is that there is plenty of financial support for electrical students. IDEAL is commited to being a training partner to student electricians at any stage in their careers, including those just starting out. Below are some resources that will help get you started in this booming industry.

BLS Occupation Outlook Handbook - Electricians

Exploring the Trades - Becoming an Electrician

Learn How to Become an Electrician

Exploring the Trades - Scholarships for Trade Program Students

Becoming an electrician means becoming part of a tightknit community with many opportunites for leadership and advancement.  Becoming part of industry professional organizations is a great way to become more involved in the electrical community and build connections that can lead to career advancement. Below are resources with information on some of the organzations that you can belong to as a part of the electrical industry.

Associated Builders and Contractors

Electrical Training Alliance

Independent Electrical Contractors

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

National Association of Homebuilders

National Center for Construction Education and Research

National Electrical Contractors Association

In celebration of our 100-year anniversary, IDEAL is giving apprentices the chance to show their newly gained electrical skills in our IDEAL National Championship! This is a nationwide competition that gives participants the chance to compete for over $500,000 in prizes. Local events are being held all over the country. Check out the IDEAL Nationals website for more information and to find an event near you!

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