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Electrician

What Electricians Do

Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses and factories.

Work Environment

Electricians work indoors and out, in homes, businesses, factories and construction sites. They occasionally work in cramped spaces. Constant l ifting, standing, and kneeling can be tiring. Those who work in factories are often subject to noisy machinery. Some may need to travel long distances to get to jobsites.

How to Become an Electrician

Although most electricians learn through a formal apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require licensure.

Pay

The median annual wage of electricians was $48,250 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of electricians is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Quick Facts: Electricians
2010 Median Pay $48,250
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
On-the-job Training Apprenticeship
Number of Jobs, 2010 577,000
Job Outlook, 2010-20 23% growth rate

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