|Quick Facts: Electricians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$48,250 per year
$23.20 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||577,000|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||23% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||133,700|
Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, and factories.
Electricians work indoors and out, in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Although the work is not as dangerous as some other construction occupations, common risks include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.
Although most electricians learn through a formal apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require licensure.
The median annual wage of electricians was $48,250 in May 2010.
Employment of electricians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Homes and businesses require more wiring than ever before, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.
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