Electricians

General Information

Description

Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit80.29%
  2. Self-employed10.40%
  3. State and local government5.02%
  4. Federal government2.21%
  5. Private, not for profit1.90%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 84,700 openings for electricians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$56,900

Military salary*

$65,308

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State-by-state Salary

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$84,450
$37,480
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 59%
  • High school 17%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Less than high school 7%
  • Some college 4%
  • Associate's degree 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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