An electrician is a tradesman specializing in electrical wiring of buildings and related equipment. Electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure. Most electricians learn their trade through apprenticeship programs. These programs combine paid on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. An Electrician Program will generally take 4 years to complete.

Electricians are skilled in installing, maintaining and repairing electrical apparatus in residential, commercial and industrial environments. A beginning level Electrical course is usually comprised of at least a 6 month program.


Wage: $50,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 7.4%
Self Employed: 10.7%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Employed Part Time: 2.3%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Wage: $27,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.8%
Self Employed: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 14.0%
Employed Part Time: 10.4%

Education Requirements:
Short-term on-the-job training