Some of the skills we found on electrician resumes included "electrical systems," "hand tools," and "run conduit." We have detailed the most important electrician responsibilities below.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an electrician. We found that 17.2% of electricians have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 2.4% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some electricians have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every two electricians were not college graduates.
Those electricians who do attend college, typically earn either electrical engineering technology degrees or electrical engineering degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for electricians include electrical and power transmission installers degrees or business degrees.
When you're ready to become an electrician, you might wonder which companies hire electricians. According to our research through electrician resumes, electricians are mostly hired by Tradesmen International, Labor Ready, and Aerotek. Now is a good time to apply as Tradesmen International has 67 electricians job openings, and there are 34 at Labor Ready and 24 at Aerotek.
Since salary is important to some electricians, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at North Carolina Central University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of California Press. If you were to take a closer look at North Carolina Central University, you'd find that the average electrician salary is $84,817. Then at Carnegie Mellon University, electricians receive an average salary of $84,311, while the salary at University of California Press is $84,261.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at United States Navy, IBEW, and Tradesmen International. These three companies have hired a significant number of electricians from these institutions.
In general, electricians fulfill roles in the construction and manufacturing industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the electrician annual salary is the highest in the energy industry with $54,497 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the construction and manufacturing industries pay $53,029 and $49,614 respectively. This means that electricians who are employed in the energy industry make 39.3% more than electricians who work in the government Industry.