Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
Common job titles of Electricians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
59.48% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
17.69% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.
Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
Place conduit, pipes, or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pull insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes.
Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.
Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
Wire wrap guns
Wire loop pullers
Wire hand caddies
Wire cuttersAll Tools
Wire crimping tools
Wheeled wire dispensers
Volt tick meters
Utility cable cutters
Universal stripping tools
Two way radios
Transfer impedance meters
Tongue and groove pliers
Telescoping lighted pickups
Square shank screwdrivers
Single reel cable trailers
Side cutting pliers
Self-adjusting insulation strippers
Round shank screwdrivers
Ratcheting pipe wrenches
Ratchet crimper kits
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
Phillips head screwdrivers
Phase rotation meters
Non-contact voltage detectors
Nibbler cutting tools
Lighted magnet pickups
Laser plumb bobs
Internal snap ring pliers
Insulated socket sets
Insulated cable cutters
Insulated bolt cutters
Hydraulic punching tools
Hydraulic conduit benders
High-leverage side cutting pliers
High-leverage diagonal cutting pliers
High-leverage cable cutters
Hex key sets
Heavy duty longnose pliers
Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
Gas leak detection devices
Fuse pulling equipment
Fish tape pullers
External snap ring pliers
End wire strippers
End cutting pliers
Electric conduit benders
Drill bit sets
Double-end can socket wrenches
Diagonal cutting pliers
Continuity coaxial testers
Conduit measuring tapes
Conduit locknut and reaming pliers
Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers
Conduit deburring tools
Coaxial cable cutters
Channel lock pliers
Channel lock crimping tools
Cable tie guns
Cable splicing knives
Cable sheath strippers
Cable lacing needles
Cable labeling machines
Cable jacket strippers
Cable gripping gloves
Cable butt trimmers
Cabinet tip screwdrivers
Butane soldering irons
Bear claw wire threaders
Automatic insulation strippers
Computer aided design CAD software
One Mile Up Panel Planner
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Construction Master Pro
Craftsman CD EstimatorAll Technologies
Elite Software E-Coord
Elite Software Inpoint
Elite Software Outpoint
Elite Software Short
Elite Software VDROP
Insight Direct ServiceCEO
Lighting calculation software
Resolve Systems Service Management
Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate
Shafer Service Systems
Socrates Contractor’s Library
SoftEmpire Electrical Calculations
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Visual Color Discrimination
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.