Electrician Career Suitability Quiz
Electricians face different experiences each day and rarely have to sit in an office. This is a great job for those who enjoy intellectual and physical challenges. Use this quiz to measure your suitability for this career:
|Do you have good vision?||Yes or No|
|Are you analytical?||Yes or No|
|Do you have customer service skills?||Yes or No|
|Are you physically fit?||Yes or No|
|Do you have computer skills?||Yes or No|
|Are you comfortable in a management role?||Yes or No|
|Are you open to a non-traditional work schedule?||Yes or No|
|Are you coordinated?||Yes or No|
|Is troubleshooting one of your strengths?||Yes or No|
|Do you enjoy math?||Yes or No|
Why These Questions Matter
Do you have good vision?
Electrical wires are color-coded for identification so, to be an electrician, you will need outstanding color vision.
Are you analytical?
Electricians need to analytically examine blueprints and evaluate test results to determine how to fix electrical problems.
Do you have customer service skills?
As an electrician you will be providing services to a customer. Whether the customer is an individual homeowner, a business, or a utility company, you will need to patiently listen to concerns, answer questions, and explain solutions clearly and concisely.
Are you physically fit?
Electricians must be strong enough to lift and move heavy equipment and electrical components, and have the stamina to stand, bend, and kneel, sometimes for long periods of time.
Do you have computer skills?
While a majority of an electrician's work is done in the field, record keeping and communication responsibilities require those in this profession to have mastery of common computer software programs.
Are you comfortable in a management role?
As you advance in your career - becoming a master electrician or opening your own business - you may need the management skills to supervise, instruct and discipline subordinates.
Are you open to a non-traditional work schedule?
Electricians sometimes have to work nights and weekends and, depending on the job they hold, may have to work for extended shifts to repair damages sustained during inclement weather.
Are you coordinated?
Electricians regularly work with live wires in small spaces, on construction sites, or on elevated power lines. To be safe and efficient in these working conditions, you will need outstanding balance and coordination.
Is troubleshooting one of your strengths?
When an electrical problem arises, you will be called upon to use customer information and your observations to determine probable causes and what tests to run. You should have a natural affinity for troubleshooting and solving problems.
Do you enjoy math?
Electricians need mastery of algebra, basic math, and geometry for responsibilities such as calculating appropriate wire length, determining proper voltages, and analyzing circuit loads.
Additional Career Considerations
If you answered positively to more than half of these questions, you may want to explore the various types of electrician jobs and training options available. Professionals in this field typically work as inside electricians for businesses or factories, residential electricians, or linemen for utility companies. In any specialization, you must have at least a high school diploma and complete an apprenticeship that lasts about four years. In most states, you will also need to be licensed in order to work as an electrician.