Electricians are needed to install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. They work indoors and outdoors, in nearly every type of facility. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. Although the work is not as dangerous as other construction occupations, potential injuries include electrical shocks and burns, cuts, and falls.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, and many start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed. The median annual wage for electricians was $49,840 in May 2012.
Employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities.
Grayson College's Electrician Technology program is located on the south campus in Van Alstyne and offers three levels of certificates leading to an AAS degree. Learn more about each level of training by exploring: