Electricians install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.


Average Hourly Earnings



High School Diploma, apprenticeship


  • Read blueprints or technical diagrams
  • Install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems
  • Inspect electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Identify electrical problems with a variety of testing devices
  • Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand and power tools
  • Follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electric Code
  • Direct and train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment
  • Advise management about the safety of continued operation of equipment

Work Environment

Electricians work both indoors and outdoors. They must travel to different work locations. On the jobsite, they may work in cramped spaces, and constant standing and kneeling can be tiring. Those who work in factories are often subject to noisy machinery. Many electricians work alone, but sometimes they collaborate with others or work as part of a crew. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Work schedules may vary during times of inclement weather.

Key Traits

Investigative. Requires working with ideas and involve an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.