July 11, 2023

Wired for Success: The Occupation of an Electrician

Imagine a day without electricity. No morning alarm clocks to wake us up, no coffee machines to greet us, no phones, no lights, no electric cars. Not a single luxury. 

If your home’s power has gone out for even one hour, you know that electricity is the lifeblood of modern living, especially in the desert. Without electricians, the men and women responsible for bringing power from the electrical grid into our homes, offices, and businesses., we would be powerless. Seriously. 

What do electricians do?

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical systems such as wiring, electrical circuits, and power connectivity in residential and commercial buildings. Electricians also work on power lines and the external electrical infrastructure that connects the power generation stations to end users.  

If it generates or uses electricity, an electrician was connected to it somewhere along the way. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor explained in a few bullets what vital work electricians are responsible for: 

What different types of electricians are there?

There are many types of electrician jobs out there. 

What hours do Electricians work?

While schedules may vary by the type, location, and scope of their work, electricians generally work an 8-hour day, from 7 a.m. to around 3 p.m., not including overtime. 

How much do electricians make?

According to Bureau of Labor statistics, the median annual wage for electricians was $60,040 in May 2021. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,020, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $99,800. Apprentices start on the lower end of that scale, but compensation can jump quickly as they gain experience and skills.  

The Phoenix area ranked 9th in terms of Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for electricians (as of 2022) with an annual mean wage of $53,260 before overtime. 

What is the job outlook for electricians?

It should come as no surprise that electricity is in very high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts the job outlook for electricians is promising, with employment projected to grow seven percent from 2021 to 2031 (about as fast as the average for all occupations).  

This growth is being driven by the need for electrical installations in new buildings, expanding alternative power generation requirements, and to replace retiring electricians.  

What training do I need? How do I get started to become an electrician?

If you’re considering a career as an electrician, here are some steps to get started:  

A career as an electrician offers stability, good earning potential, and the opportunity to work in a hands-on field. For young and old, becoming an electrician can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career. 

* Check out this list of Build Your Future partner organizations that offer education and training opportunities to become an electrician:

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation‘s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.