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Master Electrician Jobs Overview

You probably know what an electrician does, especially if you’ve had your home wiring installed or repaired. But what does it mean to be a master electrician? In a word—experience. There’s quite a difference in the responsibilities and benefits between journeyman electricians and those with master electrician jobs. When you become a master electrician, you can start your own business as an electrical contractor, supervise other electricians, get work permits for projects, and do advanced work such as laying out wiring systems and installations according to electrical codes.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that electrician jobs overall will see an 8% growth over the next 10 years. This increase may be due in part to the expansion of alternative energy sources, which will need electricians for installation.

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Master Electrician Training and Skills

Electricians start their careers either by taking classes at a trade school or by doing on-the-job training serving as an apprentice under the supervision of an experienced electrician. After three to six years as an apprentice, an electrician is known as a journeyman. After another 12,000 hours (6 years) of work, the journeyman can qualify for a master electrician license. At that level, a master electrician has learned:

  • How to supervise journeyman and apprentice electricians.
  • The specifics of building codes.
  • Project management.
  • Safety procedures and regulations.
  • Advanced electrical work like routing circuits and locating breaker panels.

Master electricians choose to become certified to show a higher level of education and mastery. Several organizations certify electricians in different areas of work.

Electricians need a mix of important qualities, including color vision, critical-thinking and customer-service skills, physical strength and stamina, and troubleshooting skills.

Take a look at this electrician job description to see what else you might need to get a master electrician job.

Update Your Master Electrician Resume

Whether you’ve just earned your master electrician title, or you’ve been in the business for a while, it’s time to update your resume. Monster can help with sample resumes you can follow. You can also read some general resume tips to help you write yours.

Next, you’ll need a cover letter to accompany your resume. You can learn how to format and write an effective cover letter by browsing all the cover letter writing tips on Monster.

Interviewing for a Master Electrician Job

Are you ready for job interviews? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what interviewers are going to ask you? We can’t predict the future, but we do have a list of the top 10 most common interview questions along with sample answers. We also have some ideas about those tricky questions like, “Why should we hire you?” It’s the next best thing to a crystal ball.

How Much Do Master Electrician Jobs Pay?

According to Monster, the median pay for an electrician in the U.S. is $26.29 per hour, with a range between $20.94 and $35.41. Monster’s Salary Tools will tell you what salary to expect in your area of the U.S. The salary page will also tell you where there’s a high demand for electricians and give you direct links to job postings.

Want to Learn More About a Company You’re Interested In?

Before you go for that interview, it’s a good idea to do some research on the company to make sure it’s a good fit. Would you rather work for a large company that’s been in business for many years, or are you looking for a start-up with a small staff? Monster’s Company Profiles can help you learn about companies you’re considering with information like:

  • when the company was founded
  • if it’s part of a larger organization
  • what area it services

Want to Connect to Master Electrician Jobs?

Have we sparked your interest in the master electrician jobs in your area? Get started by clicking on the jobs on this page. Then, go a step further and create a profile on Monster so you can connect with recruiters and employers and get job openings sent to you.