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Considering a career in public utilities? You can start a business as a public utilities contractor, and you’ll always find work. You can work directly for a company in public utilities, or start your own business as an independent contractor. But first, you will need a public utilities license.

There are a variety of tasks you can do as a public utilities contractor, including:

  • Boring and Tunneling
  • Fuel Distribution
  • Electrical Work
  • Maintenance of Swimming Pools, Water Lines and Sewer Lines
  • Water Purification and Sewage Disposal
  • Construction Work on Waste-Water Systems
  • Distributing TV Cable or Fiber Optic Cable

Studying for the Public Utilities License

Before you apply for your public utilities license, you will first need to take an exam that tests you over the materials that you need to know in order to work in the industry. Some states have continuing education programs to help you prepare for the exam, while others do not. In this case, it will be up to you to locate study materials and prepare for the exam.

In North Carolina, the exam has 100 questions, and you must get at least 70 of them correct in order to pass the test.

Once you have passed your public utilities license exam, you will be provided with a letter indicating your score, which you can include in your business license application.

Starting Your Public Utilities Contracting Business

Armed with your new public utilities license, you’re almost ready to start a business! First, check with your city and state to see what other business licenses, permits & tax forms you need to file to become a contractor. It’s best to take care of all of this before you start working to ensure compliance with city and state regulations.