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Electrician Career Profiles
An electrician is a skilled tradesman who works within the construction industry and designs, installs, maintains, and troubleshoots electrical wiring systems. Many of these professionals are in unions and trained through apprenticeship programs.
Working as an electrician is both physically and mentally challenging. As an electrician, you must have an understanding of how electrical systems work and must ensure that systems are installed and maintained flawlessly to prevent the risk of fire or exposure to an electrical current. They are on their feet for the majority of their working days and must be able to manipulate heavy conduit. Working in small spaces and working at high elevations is often required.
Electricians install, connect, assess, and repair electrical systems in residential and commercial environments. They may also work on machines, electronic devices, appliances, and lighting. Electricians are expected to adhere to guidelines set by local governments, state governments, and the National Electric Code.
This career path can lead to jobs in a variety of settings including working independently, for construction firms, for builders and general contractors, and for product manufacturers. Many work weekend and evening hours when commercial buildings are closed. Overtime work is frequently available during prime construction season and positive economic times. Some corporations that are open around the clock may have different shifts of electricians to ensure someone is available at all times.
If you are interested in becoming an electrician, browse the real-world profiles below to learn more about what these professionals do. We have testimonials and in-depth interviews not just from electricians, but also from many tradesmen within various professions in the construction industry. By talking to real professionals in the field, we create profiles about what their jobs are actually like.