Is an electrical engineering degree exceptionally useful for someone who aspires to be an electrician?

I'm planning to be an electrician but my parents insisted I get some sort of college education, whether it's necessary for the job I choose or not. I'm just wondering if a college (not university) level electrical engineering program is useful to me at all. Will it help me get a higher pay of the bat or anything worth mentioning? It's a 3 year program and I'd get an "advanced diploma" at the end of it which basically means I could use it to get into university to get a degree (which in all likely hood I wouldn't be doing).

Asked By: Jack F - 2/1/2010
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You could look into getting some sort of engineering technician degree, which is usually 2 years. But otherwise, as others have already said, an electrical engineering degree will be overkill and a waste of money if you'd rather be an electrician... More
Answered By: Call me Batman - 2/3/2010
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These days, it's difficult to get a well-paying job without getting some kind of post-secondary education... More
Answered By: Mal - 2/1/2010
To prepare, the following will be helpful... More
Answered By: Creepy Uncle Bob - 2/1/2010
It is good to have checking account for some one who make money?
Answered By: JOHN K - 2/2/2010
A degree for an electrician is over qualification its handy but not necessary unless you want to become a designer of electrical systems, in which case its essential. To be at the top of your game as a practical electrician you will need a good technical qualification from college and practical experience as well. In... More
Answered By: Huge - 2/2/2010
No, you would be over qualified to be an electrician. It might actually hurt your career as a electrician because potential employers would assume you are only going to stick around until a higher paying engineering job comes along... More
Answered By: Tex T - 2/2/2010
lol are you kidding me? I am a senior student in electrical engineering I graduate in december and from experience I can tell you that having a EE degree will triple your pay than if you were a electrician. What sets the electrician and electrical engineers apart is the theory. Engineers need to take advance level math... More
Answered By: djwilliamt - 2/2/2010
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