Do you like tinkering with wires, sound systems and robotics? Electricians install and maintain the electrical power systems for our homes, businesses and factories. In addition, they repair and upgrade electrical machines. Electricians work both indoors and outdoors and typically follow a shift work pattern that can include working weekends and holidays.
Qualifications: Electricians are excellent problem-solvers with strong manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, physical fitness and sense of balance. Electricians also need good color vision in order to recognize wires.
Education: Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent. A high school diploma is also often required to enter an apprenticeship program. Two to four years of classroom or trade school and on-the-job training may be required.
Average Salary: $57,174 annually; $27.49 hourly (Source: Build Your Future)
Go to the Craft Labor Map to learn how many electricians will be needed in your state over the next three years.