Electrician

 
 

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, but some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. Employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.

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Electricians work indoors and outdoors in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Potential on-the-job injuries include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls. Most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, but some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed.

The median annual wage for electricians was $52,720 in May 2016. Employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.