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Electrical: Career and Education Opportunities in Washington

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

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Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.


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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.