Electricians
SOC: 47-2111.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
628,800 employed

Projected (2024):
714,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Airport Electrician
  • Antenna Installer
  • Antenna Rigger
  • Chief Electrician
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Conduit Installer
  • Conduit Mechanic
  • Construction Electrician
  • Control Electrician
  • Diesel Electrician
  • Diesel Maintenance Electrician
  • Electric Sign Wirer
  • Electric Stop Installer
  • Electric Wirer
  • Electrical Installer
  • Electrical Maintenance Man
  • Electrical Maintenance Worker
  • Electrical Sign Servicer
  • Electrical Sign Wirer
  • Electrical System Specialist
  • Electrical Wirer
  • Electrical Wiring Lineman
  • Electrician
  • Electrician Apprentice
  • Gaffer
  • Ground Wirer
  • House Wirer
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Inside Wireman
  • Interior Wirer
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Journeyman Lineman
  • Journeyman Wireman
  • Licensed Electrician
  • Lighting Fixture Installer
  • Lightning Protection Installer
  • Lightning Rod Installer
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Marine Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • Mechanical Trades Specialist, Electrician
  • Mine Wirer
  • Neon Electrician
  • Neon Installer
  • Neon Light Installer
  • Neon Sign Erector
  • Neon Sign Installer
  • Neon Sign Mechanic
  • Neon Sign Servicer
  • Neon Sign Worker
  • Neon Technician
  • Overhead Worker
  • Plant Electrician
  • Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW, Electrician)
  • Searchlight Operator
  • Ship Wirer
  • Sign Wirer
  • Signal Wirer
  • Solar Photovoltaic Electrician
  • Stage Electrician
  • Street Light Mechanic
  • Street Light Repairer
  • Street Light Servicer
  • Street Light Wirer
  • Switch Inspector
  • Switchboard Installer
  • Television Antenna Installer
  • Test Man
  • Test Worker
  • Traffic Signal Mechanic
  • Traffic Signal Technician
  • Trouble Shooter I
  • Wire Hanger
  • Wirer
  • Wiring Mechanic


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
  • Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
  • Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
  • Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
  • 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.
  • Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
  • 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.
  • Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
  • 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.
  • Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
  • Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
  • Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
  • Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Allen wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Automatic insulation strippers
  • Awls
  • Backhoes
  • Bandsaws
  • Bear claw wire threaders
  • Bucket trucks
  • Butane soldering irons
  • Cabinet tip screwdrivers
  • Cable benders
  • Cable butt trimmers
  • Cable cutters
  • Cable gripping gloves
  • Cable jacket strippers
  • Cable labeling machines
  • Cable lacing needles
  • Cable sheath strippers
  • Cable splicing knives
  • Cable tie guns
  • Capacitance testers
  • Channel lock crimping tools
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Circuit testers
  • Circuit tracers
  • Circular saws
  • Clamp-on ammeters
  • Claw hammers
  • Coaxial cable cutters
  • Conduit benders
  • Conduit deburring tools
  • Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers
  • Conduit levels
  • Conduit locknut and reaming pliers
  • Conduit measuring tapes
  • Continuity coaxial testers
  • Cordless drills
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Current clamps
  • Cutting torches
  • Depth gauges
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Diggers
  • Double-end can socket wrenches
  • Drill bit sets
  • Electric conduit benders
  • Electricians' scissors
  • End cutting pliers
  • End wire strippers
  • External snap ring pliers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Fish tape pullers
  • Frequency meters
  • Fuse pulling equipment
  • Gas leak detection devices
  • Generators
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
  • Growlers
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammer drills
  • Hammers
  • Hard hats
  • Heat guns
  • Heavy duty longnose pliers
  • Hex key sets
  • High-leverage cable cutters
  • High-leverage diagonal cutting pliers
  • High-leverage side cutting pliers
  • Hole saws
  • Hydraulic conduit benders
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Hydraulic punching tools
  • Inductance testers
  • Infrared scanners
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Insulated bolt cutters
  • Insulated cable cutters
  • Insulated nutdrivers
  • Insulated pliers
  • Insulated screwdrivers
  • Insulated socket sets
  • Insulated wrenches
  • Internal snap ring pliers
  • Ladders
  • Laser plumb bobs
  • Laser printers
  • Lighted magnet pickups
  • Lineman's pliers
  • Magnetic locators
  • Manlifts
  • Megohmmeters
  • Metal locators
  • Micrometers
  • Milliameters
  • Multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nibbler cutting tools
  • Non-contact voltage detectors
  • Notebook computers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phase rotation meters
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
  • Pump pliers
  • Punchdown tools
  • Ratchet crimper kits
  • Ratcheting pipe wrenches
  • Razor knives
  • Resistance bridges
  • Respirators
  • Round shank screwdrivers
  • Safety glasses
  • Scaffolding
  • Screw-holding screwdrivers
  • Self-adjusting insulation strippers
  • Shears
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Single reel cable trailers
  • Soldering tools
  • Square shank screwdrivers
  • Staple guns
  • Strap wrenches
  • Tablet computers
  • Tap sets
  • Tape measures
  • Tapered reamers
  • Tapping tools
  • Telescoping lighted pickups
  • Tension gauges
  • Terminal crimpers
  • Test lamps
  • Threading dies
  • Tin snips
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Torpedo levels
  • Transfer impedance meters
  • Truck cranes
  • Two way radios
  • Universal stripping tools
  • Utility cable cutters
  • Utility knives
  • Volt tick meters
  • Voltmeters
  • Wattmeters
  • Welders
  • Welding hoods
  • Wheeled wire dispensers
  • Winches
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire crimping tools
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire dispensers
  • Wire dollies
  • Wire hand caddies
  • Wire loop pullers
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire wrap guns
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Construction Master Pro software
  • Craftsman CD Estimator
  • Database software
  • Electrosoft FlashWorks
  • Elite Software E-Coord
  • Elite Software Inpoint
  • Elite Software Outpoint
  • Elite Software Short
  • Elite Software VDROP
  • Insight Direct ServiceCEO
  • Lighting calculation software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • One Mile Up Panel Planner
  • Resolve service management software
  • Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate
  • SAP software
  • Shafer Service Systems software
  • SmartDraw software
  • Socrates Contractor's Library
  • SoftEmpire Electrical Calculations
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Word processing software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580