Thomas Edison is known as the inventor of the electric light bulb. Lots of people assume he studied as an electrician, but he actually trained as a telegraph operator, and went on to become a world famous inventor. We have put together a list of people who worked as electricians before becoming famous for other things:

Albert Einstein
Believe it or not, the iconic scientist once worked as an electrician for his father’s company. When Einstein was young, his father and uncle founded an electrical engineering company. They were one of the first companies to bring electricity to the city of Munich. One of Albert Einstein’s first jobs was running cables and hanging lights at the first ever Oktoberfest to be lit with electric light via a steam generator. However this clearly wasn’t challenging enough for him as he shortly moved into general relativity theory and quantum physics.

Elvis Presley
Elvis is truly what the American Dream is all about but did you know that aside from being an iconic singer, he was also training to be an electrician? “I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.” Although, we’re very glad that he didn’t stick to his electrical career because can you imagine a world without the King of Rock n Roll?

Rowan Atkinson
When you see his face, do you think of anything else besides Mr Bean in his yellow Mini? Rowan Atkinson studied Electrical engineering at Newcastle University. He then continued to achieve a masters in the subject at The Queens College, Oxford in 1975. However he never took his electrical career any further and swiftly moved into writing and comedy, where all Mr Bean lovers will agree, he belongs.

Alfred Hitchcock
There have been so many movies directed by Hitchcock, how does one even keep up? Besides being a widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Alfred worked as an electrician’s apprentice for a company that made electrical appliances.

Liam Cunningham
You may know him as Davos Seaworth, a landed knight who was in the service of Stannis Baratheon that later proclaims Jon Snow the King in the North. If you don’t, then you have some serious Game of Thrones catching up to do. This well known Irish actor was an electrician in the mid 80’s. He later saw an ad for an acting school and he decided to give acting a try.

Becoming an electrician is a great career path and skilled electricians will always be in demand. Electricians are needed everywhere, which is a major advantage for anyone considering taking on the career. Strong job growth and the promise of a long, stable career should make working as an electrician attractive for high school graduates. If you’re a logical thinker with an aptitude for math and science, becoming an electrician could be the right fit for you. Here is a list of companies that offer learnership opportunities in this field.

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