Employment opportunities for electricians are bound for growth. Wiring is essential to homes and businesses, and with all the disruption and innovation underway, who doesn’t need an electrician?
The Math Is Easy
Here’s one way to shine the light on how vital electricians are:
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates each of the nation’s 128 million households has, on average, 40 lamp sockets. Do some simple math (if you don’t trip up on the zeroes), and that adds up to more than 5 billion lamps in U.S. homes.
Innovations in lighting alone are keeping electricians hopping. Recently, for example, Electrical Contractor Magazine described the increasing demand for service related to networked lighting, color-tunable LED lighting, wireless controls and “germicidal light sources such as UV-C.”
Aspiring Electricians: Get Amped
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points to a strong outlook for the employment of electricians and provides this snapshot:
Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems.
- Almost all electricians work full time. Work schedules may include evenings and weekends. Overtime is common.
- Most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, but some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed.
- The median annual wage for electricians was $56,180 in May 2019.
- The employment of electricians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Homes and businesses continue to require wiring, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.
Get Bonded Too
As a prerequisite to becoming licensed, electricians in most areas of the country are required to secure an electrician’s license or permit bond (sometimes also referred to as an electrical contractor bond).
An electrician’s license bond is a type of surety bond—it serves as a guarantee to the public that you will carry out your responsibilities in accordance with all applicable regulations. You can obtain your electrician’s license bond easily, quickly and affordably from Colonial Surety Company, a leading, direct, national provider.
Good To Know: Lighting the Way For The Elderly
From sanitizing light, to electric cars, to harnessing solar energy and more, electricians are often at the forefront of important innovation. For example, advances in lighting are anticipated to dramatically improve health and quality of life for the elderly. As Electrical Contractor Magazine reports:
Our eyesight begins a slow decline starting at around age 30. By 80, the amount of light we take in has reduced to one-fifth of what we do at age 20. The construction industry is paying attention. Lighting professionals and manufacturers are learning from the ongoing research of national labs and others. Replicating the quality of outdoor light indoors is one advance. Understanding successful lighting design for the elderly is another. Awareness is growing as the lighting industry reengages in how to successfully light spaces for seniors. For aging-in-place homeowners, senior communities and nursing care facilities, all eyes may turn to the electrical contractor.
Obtain Your License Bond From National Experts
In business since 1930, Colonial Surety Company is both a surety bond expert and a tech innovator. Electricians across the country are invited to use Colonial’s efficient, self-service, online platform to obtain license bonds—instantly!
With a portfolio of over 4,000 license and permit bonds available digitally, Colonial can help contractors in every field: electrical, HVAC, plumbing, gutters, driveways—and more. Whatever you are wiring, building, renovating or repairing, Colonial’s got the bond you need—and we make it easy and affordable to obtain.
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