What Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers Do
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install or repair a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries.
Many electrical and electronics installers and repairers work in factories, which can be noisy and sometimes warm. Installers and repairers may have to lift heavy equipment and work in awkward positions. The vast majority work full time.
How to Become an Electrical or Electronics Installer and Repairer
Most electrical and electronics installers and repairers need specialized courses at a technical college prior to employment. Gaining voluntary certification is common and can be useful in getting a job.
Overall employment of electrical and electronics installers and repairers is projected to decline 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. However, growth rates will vary by specialty. Job opportunities should be excellent for qualified workers with an associate’s degree in electronics along with certification.
This occupation supported 144,700 jobs in 2012 and 136,100 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 5.9%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 0.6% in 2022 to 145,599 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 144,800, compared with an observed value of 136,100, 6.0% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to decrease by 3.7% in 2024 to 130,699 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 145,700 jobs for 2024, 11.5% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.