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Electricians

Electricians
Quick Facts : Electricians*
2010 Median Pay$48,250
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012577,000
Job Outlook23% (Faster than average)
Employment Change133,700


Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, and factories. They commonly strip wires in a switch box. Electricians work indoors and out, 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 some other construction occupations, common risks include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.

What Electricians Do

  • Read blueprints or technical diagrams before doing work
  • Install and maintain wiring and lighting systems
  • Identify electrical problems with a variety of testing devices
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
  • Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment

Work Environment

Electricians work indoors and out, 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 some other construction occupations, common risks include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.
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Job Outlook

Employment of electricians is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020. Overall growth of the construction industry and maintenance of older equipment in manufacturing plants also will require more electricians.
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Pay

The average salary of electricians was $48,250 in May 2010.
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Electricians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Electricians

48250

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Electricians*
Percent Change in Employment

Electricians

23.1716

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Electricians

Most electricians learn their trade in a 4-year apprenticeship and must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the classroom, apprentices learn electrical theory, blueprint reading, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training related to soldering, communications, fire alarm systems, and elevators. Because of this comprehensive training, those who complete apprenticeship programs qualify to do both construction and maintenance work.
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