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Electrical: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

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

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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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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.