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Career and Education Opportunities for Electricians in Washington

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.

There are currently 17,520 working electricians in Washington; this should grow by 15% to 20,120 working electricians in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for electricians are expected to grow by about 11.9%. Electricians generally install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures.

A person working as an electrician can expect to earn about $27 hourly or $56,420 yearly on average in Washington and about $22 hourly or $46,420 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for electricians are better than earnings in the general category of Electrical in Washington and better than general Electrical category earnings nationally.

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. Approximately 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 attractions include the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, the Art Museum Charles & Emma Frye, and the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum.

CITIES WITH Electrician OPPORTUNITIES IN Washington


JOB DESCRIPTION: Electrician

Electrician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. They also ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

Every day, electricians are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they visualize how things come together and can be organized.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Washington include:

  • Electrical Assistant. Help electricians by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Washington

Washington
Washington photo by Kelvin Kay

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.