Something that everyone these days have to think about is whether it is a wise decision to choose the profession they are currently studying or training for. We know that the world is moving faster and faster than ever before with disruptive technology appearing almost every few days where old ways of doing things and jobs of years past are slowly going away to be completely replaced forever by machines, robots, and computers.
For the electrician, the question of asking “What is the job outlook for an electrician in the job market?” is very important and something that needs to be answered. From the resources we have found, the answer seems to be NO. The field of electricians seems to be growing actually.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor, the numbers show that as of the 2010 year, there are around 577,000 registered or certified electricians throughout the 50 states of the USA. It is projected by analysts that by the year 2020, the number of electricians should rise to around 710,600, which is a 23% increase. When we compare the rate of change in the number of electricians that will be here to the growth rate of other professions, we see that the electrician profession is secure and that people will continue to need electricians to install, repair, and do maintenance on their electrical systems. In fact, the employment of electricians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
Homes and offices that are built will need more wiring installed and that means that more electricians will be hired. In addition, the growth of the construction industry and the need to do maintenance on old electrical equipment means that electricians have a good job outlook in the future.
There will also be an opportunity for electricians from the changes in energy sources from the establishment of solar energy panels, wind farms, power grids, and other alternative energy sources for the electrician to install.
The graph shown to the right compares the percent change in employment for the profession of electricians throughout this current decade and this shows that like other construction trades workers and similar professions, employment will continue to increase. This is in comparison to most other occupations, which will decrease
In general, electrician employment will vary with the general economy. During growth periods, the employment of electricians will increase because of increased building and manufacturing. In the same way, when building and manufacturing slow down, electricians will experience some periods of time of unemployment.