Sometimes, you look at a career future for what it offers – financial security.
Just ask Bethlehem High School junior Liam Fullem, a student in the Capital Regional BOCES Electrical Trades Program at the Career & Technical Education Center – Albany Campus.
The student had a rather quick, an perfunctory response to being asked why he is pursuing a career as an electrician.
“It’s a skill that is always in need …. and you make good money doing it,” Fullem said while stripping wires in one of CTE’s three electrical labs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 9% increase in the national workforce is forecast for the electrical trades industry by 2031. With the median U.S. Salary for electricians at $60,040 in 2021, the career offers workers a comfortable living and financial security.
October is national Careers in Construction Month and throughout the month Capital Region BOCES – in conjunction with its business and higher education partners – is highlighting the multitude of careers and opportunities that exist in the industry and the students and graduates who are part of the industry.
Fullem is one of 95 students enrolled in the Electrical Trades program at Capital Region BOCES this year.
Located on the Albany and Schoharie Career & Technical Education Center campuses, the Electrical Trades program teaches students the fundamental skills in electrical theory through classroom instruction and hands-on shop lessons. Through this training they can become successful residential, commercial and industrial wiring professionals.