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A Brief History of the Electrician August 15, 2019

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A Brief History of the Electrician, Queens, New York

When electric devices became more commonplace in the late 19th century, the electrician became an important profession. The work that they do has changed society and paved the way for new technologies. When you choose this as a career, you are continuing the path of those who came before you. Here’s what you need to know about the history of the field. 

The History of the Electrical Field 

The Origins

During the late 19th century, there were amazing advancements in electrical technologies for residential and industrial use, such as Thomas Edison’s lightbulb invention in 1876. As these products began being advertised at expositions and world fairs, the profession of the electrician became popular.

electricalBy the beginning of the 20th century, lighting systems become commonplace in residential buildings. The demand for electricians dramatically increased as most people had electricity in their home. These professionals began to specialize in different fields; some focused on large-scale systems, such as power systems, while others learned to work with smaller-scale systems, including with circuits.

The Modern-Day Electrician

By the end of the 20th century, electricity had become a staple of modern-day living. Electricians specialized in particular skills for residential, commercial, and industrial needs. Some now focus on more modern technologies like television repairs and installing outlets.

Today, because electricity is everywhere, safety has become a priority. The profession is strictly regulated with building codes, license requirements, and safety testing. As electrical needs continue to change, these professionals must adapt. For example, many residential electricians are experts at upgrading old electrical systems in homes in order to accommodate newer appliances.


If you’re interested in becoming an electrician, contact Berk Trade and Business School. They have been offering trade school programs for more than 70 years with small class sizes, flexible hours, and job placement assistance upon graduation. Once you complete their 600-hour trade school, you will be ready to succeed in the growing electrical field. Learn more on their website, or call (718) 729-0909 to speak with an admissions specialist.  

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