I get asked a lot about the different types of electricians that are out there so this episode breaks down the different market segments of this trade, and what types of environments each electrical job entails.
There are 2 main segments to this trade, construction and service. Within those 2 segments of electrical work, there are 3 main sub-categories that are the same on either side - either residential, commercial, or industrial.
Construction is a great segment to be in if you enjoy building things, designing, and being a craftsman. Service is a good fit for anyone who likes problem-solving and troubleshooting.
Within those two segments there are residential, commercial, and industrial. You can be in residential construction, residential service, commercial construction, commercial service, industrial construction, or industrial service. Some companies will do Residential only, but they'll do both service and construction. Some companies will only do Commercial and Industrial Service. There's a ton of electrical companies out there and each specialize in slightly different things.
There are definitely more options than these within the electrical field but they are so specialized that they don't often allow the person in them to do anything else in the trade. For example there are automotive electricians, marine electricians, pool electricians, guys that just do solar, sign electrician, motor/generator technicians, etc...they're pigeonholed to the specific environment they're in and are not referred to as true electricians because their knowledge and experience is not interchangeable across the industry.