Electricians design, assemble, install, test, and repair electrical fixtures and wiring. They work on a wide range of electrical and data communications systems that provide light, heat, refrigeration, air-conditioning, power, and the ability to communicate. There are approximately 542,680 electricians working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Construction Electricians, Electrical Repairers, Maintenance Electricians
Duties Design, assemble, install, test, and repair electrical fixtures and wiring
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship or other experience working with electronics
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Job Site Superintendent, or Estimator, or Electrical Contractor
  • Experienced Electrician
  • Apprentice Electrician

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