What it's like to be an electrician

Electricians can work in a variety of places, including homes, businesses, or construction sites.

Electrician career snapshot

Median pay

$60,040 ($28.87/hr)

Required degrees


10-year job growth

9% (Faster than average)

Electricians have the option to work primarily on residential projects, commercial projects, or both. Electricity and electrical systems are used across the country and around the world, so job location options are almost limitless.

Electricians can work for companies that are a wide range of sizes, from small companies with a handful of employees to very large companies with thousands of employees. 

As an electrician, you will have the ability to choose which environment is right for you. If your first choice turns out to not be for you, you can always change companies to work somewhere that you are more comfortable. 

Many electricians work typical business hours but may be required to be on call and work during off hours to meet customers’ needs. Some electricians may be required to work long hours to finish their projects before deadlines.

Working as an electrician can be physically and mentally demanding. This type of work environment can be stressful for people who would prefer to sit at a desk in an air-conditioned office all day. Many others thrive in an environment like this, though, where they can work with their hands and be moving throughout the day. 

Electricians need to have many skills and are responsible for multiple things. The main are: 

  • Install and/or repair wiring and/or fixtures
  • Ensure all work complies with applicable codes and standards
  • Install circuit breakers and connect to wiring and equipment
  • Test electrical systems 
  • Inspect existing electrical systems

Some of the main skills and abilities of an electrician are:

  • Knowledge of electrical systems
  • Knowledge of wiring
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to use a wide variety of tools

>> Learn more: Electrician Career Paths