Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.
Electricians work indoors and outdoors in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Although the work is not as dangerous as other construction occupations, potential injuries include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.
How to Become an Electrician
Although most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed.
Employment of electricians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. The job prospects for electricians should be very good, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants.
This occupation supported 583,500 jobs in 2012 and 628,800 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 7.8%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 19.7% in 2022 to 698,200 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 606,400, compared with an observed value of 628,800, 3.7% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 14.7% in 2024 to 714,700 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 721,100 jobs for 2024, 0.9% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation.