Do I have to travel as an electrician?

It depends on where you are located. If you live in a very remote area, you will probably have to commute to find work. If you work in a busy city, you can most definitely find work near you. Most companies only take on work in specific cities, and rarely venture outside those lines. If they do, they will either hire electricians in that area to take on the work, or offer you per diem as a traveling bonus. 

Some electricians want to travel for work, as you can visit new cities and go to areas where the pay is high and overtime bountiful. This is very common, and traveling electricians are definitely a thing, especially in the IBEW. Apprentices are (generally) not allowed to travel during their time in school, but once they graduate and become journeyman electricians, the world is their Oyster. Many electricians use as a great reference to where the work is busy and the wages are high. It’s not uncommon to meet people who travel to northern California and make $200,000-$300,000 a year working overtime. Take note though, that is working 60-80+ hour weeks, every week.

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