We’ve been talking about an increasing demand for skilled workers for several years now, but it’s becoming even more apparent every day. Demand for skilled workers means there will be jobs available, and it also means that employers are willing to pay top dollar for industry talent. The one really in-demand position is that of a qualified electrician.

Residential, industrial, and commercial electricians are integral to a wide variety of programs and projects. The employment of electricians is projected to grow much faster than the national average at an impressive 14% from 2014 to 2024. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job prospects for electricians should be very good, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. The skills gap can work to your benefit as employers are looking for the best and willing to pay for the professionals they find.

If an electrician’s career seems like it might be an exciting opportunity for you, make sure you know what the necessary qualifications for the role are, because this isn’t the sort of job you show up unprepared for. Here are the skills you need to get in the door.

Understanding the Job Description

Each electrical job is unique, but to get hired on as a full-time electrician, chances are that you will find some similarities in the jobs you apply to. In general, electricians are expected to install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. They work indoors and outdoors, in various conditions, and often require at least some technical schooling, apprentice work, and licensing.

But don’t let similarities across different job descriptions allow you to let your guard down. When you are applying to jobs, be sure you read the description in full, because that can be a great resource at identifying the skills and qualities that will get you hired.

Qualifications and Critical Skills

Many employers look for electricians with one-year on-the-job training or full-time experience as an electrician or equivalent trade skill. Many look for candidates with specific experience in operation, electrical codes, and other industrial requirements. Previous experience is always a good thing. The ability to read and write in English is always essential, as are basic math skills and manipulation of calculations. Many states have specific electrical licenses that they will require from applicants.

Other important skills include business skills, customer service skills, critical thinking skills, troubleshooting abilities, color vision, and the appropriate physical stamina and strength to work standing or walking all day and lift heavy components into position. They must be able to read blueprints or technical diagrams, install and maintain wiring, control, and lighting systems, inspect electrical components, and identify problems using various testing devices. Electricians must be able to repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures as needed, using hand and power tools. They are called on to follow state and local building regulations based on the National Electrical Code. They should be confident in the ability to direct and train another worker to assist in these tasks.

Land Your Next Opportunity

For help ramping up your career in the technical trades, connect with the recruiting team at Williams today.

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