Details Report for:
47-2111.00 - Electricians
Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
Sample of reported job titles: Chief Electrician; Control Electrician; Electrician; Industrial Electrician; Inside Wireman; Journeyman Electrician; Journeyman Wireman; Maintenance Electrician; Mechanical Trades Specialist, Electrician; Qualified Craft Worker, Electrician (QCW, Electrician)
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers — Pump pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air compressors
- Ammeters — Clamp-on ammeters
- Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks
- Banders — Cable tie guns
- Bandsaw wheel — Bandsaws
- Blow torch — Cutting torches
- Bolt cutters — Insulated bolt cutters
- Cable accessories — Bear claw wire threaders; Cable lacing needles
- Cable reels — Single reel cable trailers; Wheeled wire dispensers; Wire dollies; Wire hand caddies (see all 5 examples)
- Cable splicing kits — Cable splicing knives
- Calibrated inductance coils or boxes — Inductance testers
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Resistance bridges
- Capacitance meters — Capacitance testers
- Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Continuity coaxial testers; Growlers
- Circuit tracers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Conduit benders — Cable benders; Electric conduit benders; Hydraulic conduit benders
- Conventional truck cranes — Truck cranes
- Deburring tool — Conduit deburring tools
- Depth gauges
- Desktop computers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers; High-leverage diagonal cutting pliers
- Drill bit set — Drill bit sets
- Electrical frequency meters — Frequency meters
- End cut pliers — End cutting pliers; High-leverage side cutting pliers; Side cutting pliers
- Feeler gauges
- Fish tape — Fish tape pullers; Wire loop pullers
- Fuse pullers — Fuse pulling equipment
- Gas detectors — Gas leak detection devices
- Gas generators — Generators
- GFI circuit testers — Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hand reamer — Tapered reamers
- Hard hats
- Heat guns
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches; Hex key sets
- Hole saws
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
- Impedance meters — Transfer impedance meters
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Insulated screwdriver — Insulated screwdrivers
- Label making machines — Cable labeling machines
- Laser printers
- Levels — Conduit levels; Torpedo levels
- Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers; Lineman's pliers
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Conduit locknut and reaming pliers
- Longnose pliers — Heavy duty longnose pliers
- Magnetic tools — Lighted magnet pickups; Telescoping lighted pickups
- Manlift or personnel lift — Manlifts
- Metal detectors — Magnetic locators; Metal locators
- Needlenose pliers
- Nibblers — Nibbler cutting tools
- Notebook computers
- Nut drivers — Insulated nutdrivers
- Offset socket wrenches — Double-end can socket wrenches
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Phasemeters — Phase rotation meters
- Pipe or tube cutter — Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters
- Pipe wrenches — Ratcheting pipe wrenches
- Plumb bobs — Laser plumb bobs
- Power drills — Cordless drills; Hammer drills
- Power saws — Circular saws
- Protective gloves — Cable gripping gloves
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punchdown tools
- Razor knives
- Retaining ring pliers — External snap ring pliers; Internal snap ring pliers
- Safety glasses
- Screwdrivers — Cabinet tip screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Round shank screwdrivers; Square shank screwdrivers (see all 6 examples)
- Socket sets — Insulated socket sets
- Soldering iron — Butane soldering irons; Soldering tools
- Specialty wrenches — Insulated wrenches
- Spot welding machine — Welders
- Stamping dies or punches — Hydraulic punching tools
- Staple guns
- Strap wrenches
- Stripping tools — Cable jacket strippers; Self-adjusting insulation strippers; Universal stripping tools; Wire strippers (see all 8 examples)
- Tablet computers
- Tape measures — Conduit measuring tapes
- Tapping machine attachment — Tapping tools
- Tensiometers — Tension gauges
- Thermographs — Infrared scanners
- Threading dies
- Threading taps — Tap sets
- Tinners snips — Tin snips
- Tongue and groove pliers
- Track excavators — Diggers
- Two way radios
- Utility knives
- Voltage or current meters — Non-contact voltage detectors; Test lamps; Volt tick meters; Voltmeters (see all 6 examples)
- Welding masks — Welding hoods
- Wire cutters — Electricians' scissors
- Wire lug crimping tool — Ratchet crimper kits; Terminal crimpers; Wire crimpers; Wire crimping tools
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters; High-leverage cable cutters; Insulated cable cutters; Utility cable cutters (see all 6 examples)
- Wire wrapping tool — Wire wrap guns
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
- Analytical or scientific software — Construction Master Pro software; Electrosoft FlashWorks; Elite Software Inpoint; SoftEmpire Electrical Calculations (see all 9 examples)
- Computer aided design CAD software — One Mile Up Panel Planner; SmartDraw software
- Data base user interface and query software — Insight Direct ServiceCEO; Resolve service management software; Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate; Shafer Service Systems software (see all 5 examples)
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Project management software — Craftsman CD Estimator
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word; Socrates Contractor's Library
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Prepare operational reports.
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Update job related knowledge or skills.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Train construction or extraction personnel.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Create construction or installation diagrams.
- Estimate construction project costs.
- Communicate with other construction or extraction personnel to discuss project details.
- Dig holes or trenches.
- Repair electrical equipment.
- Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
- Thread wire or cable through ducts or conduits.
- Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|18||High school diploma or equivalent|
|8||Less than high school diploma|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|47-2152.01||Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters|
|47-4021.00||Elevator Installers and Repairers|
|49-2022.00||Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers|
|49-2094.00||Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment|
|49-3042.00||Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines|
|49-9021.01||Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers Bright Outlook Green|
|49-9021.02||Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers|
|49-9071.00||Maintenance and Repair Workers, General|
|51-8021.00||Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$24.94 hourly, $51,880 annual|
|Employment (2014)||629,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Much faster than average (14% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||181,800|
|Top industries (2014)||
Construction (68% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Electricians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
- Home Builders Institute (HBI) , 1201 15th St. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (800) 795-7955. Fax: (202) 266-8999.
- Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) , 4401 Ford Ave., Suite 1100, Alexandria, VA 22302. Phone: (703) 549-7351. Fax: (703) 549-7448.
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) , 900 Seventh St., NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: (202) 833-7000. Fax: (202) 467-6316.
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) , 1201 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (800) 368-5242.
- National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) , 3 Metro Center, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: (301) 657-3110. Fax: (301) 215-4500.
- National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) , 301 Prince George's Blvd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.