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.

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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