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Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)

What they do?

Electricians in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Conduct preventive maintenance programs and keep maintenance records.

B. Read and interpret drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations

C. Pull wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors

D. Install brackets and hangers to support electrical equipment

E. Install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment, such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels

F. Splice, join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits

G. Test continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety of system, following installation, replacement or repair

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 72.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%
3. Public administration - 3.0%
4. Retail trade - 2.0%
5. Educational services - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a high school diploma.

2. You usually need a four- to five-year apprenticeship program.

3. Trade certification is compulsory for construction electricians in all provinces/territories except Manitoba. It is available, but voluntary, in Manitoba.

4. Trade certification is compulsory for domestic and rural electricians in Ontario and Quebec. It is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland.

5. According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, you need a Construction and Maintenance Licence.

6. Qualified electricians may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Industrial Arts (Electricity)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) is $20.92/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) wages

Expected Wage by Age

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Wage By Age

Unemployment:

9% of Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($20.92) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (9%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (53%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Maintenance

2. Construction

3. Appliance repair

Part Time Workers

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


3% of Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 60,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 23% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (58).

Self Employed

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 11% of Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


1% of the individuals employed as Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System) are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.