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Be cool; stay in school!

Most jobs in the electric utility industry require special training or a period of on-the-job training called an apprenticeship. Just out of high school, most people start at one particular job, learn new skills, and eventually progress to the next level.

Got your eye on that new Corvette??? The longer you stay in school, the more training or skills you acquire, and the better and more well-paying your first job is likely to be. Most companies these days expect their prospective employees to have good math and reading skills. Some companies even administer certain tests to help identify candidates for certain jobs. These tests usually contain questions that ask problem-solving or thinking questions, and have a few math and reading problems, too.

Starting level jobs are known as entry-level. Entry-level jobs are usually temporary. The smart employee pays attention and learns new skills in order to advance. Even entry-level jobs require a high-school (or equivalent) degree, good math and reading skills, problem-solving skills, and a good work ethic.

The strong work ethic comes in on those cold days when you know you'd rather stay in your warm bed but your commitment to your co-employees and to the company draws you to the office!

Here are examples of entry-level jobs:

  1. Billing Clerk, Stock Clerk, Word Processing Clerk, Custodian
  2. Trade or technical schools and community colleges offer many skills that would quality you for one of these jobs in the electric utility industry:
  3. Appliance Repairer, Artist, Carpenter, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Welder

A large majority of jobs in the electric utility industry require college degrees or beyond:

  1. Auditor, Biologist, Surveyor, Budget Analyst, Field Engineer, Hydrologist, Ecologist, Chemical Engineer

 

 

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