Electricians use their skills to make sure homeowners, tenants, and businesses have power. As contributors and makers, electricians undertake sometimes dangerous work to ensure that electrical systems are safely functioning and up-to-code.
They must be strong problem-solvers, very detail-oriented, and good at math. They must also be physically dexterous and knowledgeable about electrical systems and technology. They install, maintain and repair the wiring and equipment, inspect electrical systems to identify issues, and make repairs. They also read and create construction and installation diagrams and blueprints.
Most electricians learn their trade in a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program, as well as hold state licensure. Job growth for electricians is projected at 8% by 2029.