I've had a number of people ask me lately about the stability of the electrical trade, and whether or not they should be worried about the economy/layoffs. In this episode I discuss my experiences with ups and downs and why being an electrician in an economic melt down is one of the BEST choices to make.
Most people do not have jobs where other peoples' lives, or quality of life, is dependent upon them on a daily basis. Anyone working a desk job, cold calling hot sales leads, being an account manager, outside sales, inside sales, or waiting tables is replaceable. Trust me, I've done all of them. You're just a number, and when the time comes where the money is hurting...your a one that turns to a zero.
Being an electrician affords you the chance to learn a craft that is specialized in a field that is needed by every human on the planet, every day of every week of every year. People need electricity, no matter what. When the economy goes to shit again in another 5 years, they'll still need that air conditioner to work, or their refrigerator to keep their food cold, their stove to keep food warm, their lights on, etc...Electricians will never see a day where they're not needed.
It is, in my opinion, one of the most STABLE jobs to have.