Electricians enjoy one of the higher paid specialty-industry fields with a solid future as America becomes more dependent on consistent and well-maintained supplies of electricity.
There are two general types of electrical work:
Construction work: includes reading blueprints, wiring, installing, and testing electrical systems; and
Maintenance work: involves troubleshooting, testing, fixing and upgrading already
installed, improperly functioning, electrical systems.
Some electricians become electrical inspectors, enter teaching programs, or work as construction consultants. A few enter training programs to become contractors. Electricians are also finding that their profession is becoming linked with those who do computer and telecommunications wiring. Over 15 percent of electricians take additional classes on telecommunications systems, wiring, and electrical interfaces.
The median annual wage for electricians was $49,840 in May 2012.
Employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electricians,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm