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Electrical: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Electrical: Electricians keep the power flowing. They install, maintain and repair the electrical infrastructure we depend on every day.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Electrical Assistant

Electrical Assistants help electricians by performing duties of lesser skill. Electrical Assistants need to install equipment in line with existing requirements. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Electricians need to diagnose equipment problems and failures. They also need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults.