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Careers in the USA: Electricians

Electricians
Electricians inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers.

Quick Facts: Electricians

2012 Median Pay
$49,840 per year
$23.96 per hour

Entry-Level Education
High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
Apprenticeship

Number of Jobs, 2012
583,500

Job Outlook, 2012-22
20% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
114,700

What Electricians Do
Electricians install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

Work Environment

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.

Pay
The median annual wage for electricians was $49,840 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
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.

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