When it comes to working as a tradesperson, there are no shortage of career avenues available. One popular option is to become self-employed; there are many benefits to being your own boss, so it's not hard to see why so many people are drawn to this route.
In fact, the opportunity to become self-employed is one of the main reasons why so many people choose to learn a trade in the first place.
If you're interested in training to become a tradesperson, you might be looking to find out a little more about what potential career opportunities will be available to you once you've completed your training. If so, this blog has relevant information for you.
Plumbing and gas engineering are two very attractive career paths. Both trades come with relatively lucrative salaries and good workplace flexibility.
If you're interested in becoming a gas engineer, you might have found your way to this blog post by researching about what kind of qualifications you need to get started. So, exactly what qualifications do you need to be a gas engineer?
Who earns more, electricians or plumbers?
On average, it would appear that electricians earn slightly more than plumbers, but both earn a significant annual salary. The average annual salary of an electrician in the UK is £36,134. The average annual salary of a plumber in the UK is £33,836.
Gas boilers are an incredibly popular option for home heating. A whopping 78% of UK households use gas to heat their homes, with just the remaining 22% using alternatives like electricity and oil.
However, with modern science making us more and more aware of the adverse effects that gas can have on the environment, money is being poured into finding a plausible alternative.
Enter heat pumps.
How to become an electrician
To become a qualified electrician in the UK, you will need to complete either a Level 3 Technical & Vocational Qualification or an Electrical NVQ Level 3 Diploma. Depending on your career aspirations, you may also need to work towards a number of other industry-recognised electrical qualifications, such as the ECS Gold Card. A university degree is not required to be an electrician.