Like the rest of the industry, electricians have been hit hard by the shortage of skilled labor. Currently they are on track to be short 60,000 workers by 2026. But just like Project Build, IDEAL Electrical is working to fight back. Launched four years ago, the IDEAL National Championship is  a skills competition that draws thousands of Professional Electricians and Students/Apprentices across the nation to compete for over $500,000 in cash and prizes. The first year had only 2500 entrants. This year? 100,000.

Even if you don’t win the competition, there’s still big opportunities. According to IDEAL Electrical CEO Jim James, a starting salary for an electrician is around $40,000 per year, while owning a business has the potential to deliver a six-figure salary. And that doesn’t sound like a bad deal at all.

Source: FOX Business.