Careers in Construction: Electricians

Workforce Development
Contact: Greg Zick
AVP, Workforce Development
(202) 266-8493

An electrician cutting a wire in front of a circuit box

Average National Wage: $65,280 | $31.39/hour

Modern life would not be possible without electricians. If you like to know how electric currents make things work, then this is the trade for you. Qualified electricians are always in demand.

In the electrical trade you will learn to:

  • Cut, bend and install metal conduits and wiring
  • Hook up electrical appliances
  • Install electrical switches and lighting fixtures
  • Wire door bells and fire alarms
  • Repair power cords and plugs
  • Use equipment for testing circuitry
  • Safely handle power tools
  • Ensure work is done according to relevant codes

Once you complete training, you have a variety of employment options:

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Electrical contractors
  • Sub-contractors
  • Maintenance company

Careers in the Construction Trades: Electrical