Occupation Summary


O*NET 47-2111.00


Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 14.07%.
Education Level:
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Assemble, install, test, or maintain electrical or electronic wiring, equipment, appliances, apparatus, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  2. Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, or components, using test equipment and hand tools to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
  3. Connect wires to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components.
  4. Inspect electrical systems, equipment, or components to identify hazards, defects, or the need for adjustment or repair, and to ensure compliance with codes.
  5. Advise management on whether continued operation of equipment could be hazardous.
  6. Test electrical systems or continuity of circuits in electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using testing devices, such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, or oscilloscopes, to ensure compatibility and safety of system.
  7. Maintain current electrician's license or identification card to meet governmental regulations.
  8. Plan layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures, based on job specifications and local codes.
  9. Direct or train workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
  10. Prepare sketches or follow blueprints to determine the location of wiring or equipment and to ensure conformance to building and safety codes.
  11. Use a variety of tools or equipment, such as power construction equipment, measuring devices, power tools, and testing equipment, such as oscilloscopes, ammeters, or test lamps.
  12. Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment, such as motors.
  13. Perform business management duties, such as maintaining records or files, preparing reports, or ordering supplies or equipment.
  14. Repair or replace wiring, equipment, or fixtures, using hand tools or power tools.
  15. Work from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring, equipment, or fixtures.
  16. Place conduit, pipes, or tubing, inside designated partitions, walls, or other concealed areas, and pull insulated wires or cables through the conduit to complete circuits between boxes.
  17. Fasten small metal or plastic boxes to walls to house electrical switches or outlets.
  18. Perform physically demanding tasks, such as digging trenches to lay conduit or moving or lifting heavy objects.
  19. Provide preliminary sketches or cost estimates for materials or services.
  20. Provide assistance during emergencies by operating floodlights or generators, placing flares, or driving needed vehicles.
  21. Construct or fabricate parts, using hand tools, according to specifications.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Electricians employed Annual Growth Rate
Building equipment contractors 67.4 1.16
Employment services 2.5 0.17

Labor Market Information

2020 Statewide average hourly wage $24.69
2020 National average hourly wage $29.59
2018 National employment 715,400
2018 Texas employment 68,009
Texas projected employment by 2028 77,578
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2028 9,392

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Visual Color Discrimination
The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
    -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
    -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Handling and Moving Objects
    -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Other Activities

  • Independence
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.


Adjustable widemouth pliers: Pump pliers;

Adjustable wrenches: Adjustable wrenches;

Air compressors: Air compressors;

Ammeters: Ammeters; Clamp-on ammeters;

Articulating boom lift: Bucket trucks;

Awls: Awls;

Backhoes: Backhoes;

Banders: Cable tie guns;

Bandsaw wheel: Bandsaws;

Blow torch: Cutting torches;

Bolt cutters: Insulated bolt cutters;

Cable accessories: Bear claw wire threaders; Cable lacing needles;

Cable reels: Single reel cable trailers; Wheeled wire dispensers; Wire dispensers; Wire dollies; Wire hand caddies;

Cable splicing kits: Cable splicing knives;

Calibrated inductance coils or boxes: Inductance testers;

Calibrated resistance measuring equipment: Resistance bridges;

Capacitance meters: Capacitance testers;

Circuit tester: Growlers; Continuity coaxial testers; Circuit testers;

Circuit tracers: Circuit tracers;

Claw hammer: Claw hammers;

Conduit benders: Conduit benders; Cable benders; Electric conduit benders; Hydraulic conduit benders;

Conventional truck cranes: Truck cranes;

Deburring tool: Conduit deburring tools;

Depth gauges: Depth gauges;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Diagonal cut pliers: Diagonal cutting pliers; High-leverage diagonal cutting pliers;

Drill bit set: Drill bit sets;

Electrical frequency meters: Frequency meters;

End cut pliers: High-leverage side cutting pliers; End cutting pliers; Side cutting pliers;

Feeler gauges: Feeler gauges;

Fish tape: Fish tape pullers; Wire loop pullers;

Fuse pullers: Fuse pulling equipment;

Gas detectors: Gas leak detection devices;

Gas generators: Generators;

GFI circuit testers: Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers;

Hacksaw: Hacksaws;

Hammers: Hammers;

Hand reamer: Tapered reamers;

Hard hats: Hard hats;

Heat guns: Heat guns;

Hex keys: Hex key sets; Allen wrenches;

Hole saws: Hole saws;

Hydraulic press frames: Hydraulic presses;

Impedance meters: Transfer impedance meters;

Inspection mirror: Inspection mirrors;

Insulated screwdriver: Insulated screwdrivers;

Label making machines: Cable labeling machines;

Ladders: Ladders;

Laser printers: Laser printers;

Levels: Conduit levels; Torpedo levels;

Linemans pliers: Insulated pliers; Lineman's pliers;

Locking pliers: Conduit locknut and reaming pliers; Channel lock pliers;

Longnose pliers: Heavy duty longnose pliers;

Magnetic tools: Telescoping lighted pickups; Lighted magnet pickups;

Manlift or personnel lift: Manlifts;

Megohmmeters: Megohmmeters;

Metal detectors: Magnetic locators; Metal locators;

Microcontrollers: Programmable logic controllers PLC;

Micrometers: Micrometers;

Multimeters: Multimeters;

Needlenose pliers: Needlenose pliers;

Nibblers: Nibbler cutting tools;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Nut drivers: Nut drivers; Insulated nutdrivers;

Offset socket wrenches: Double-end can socket wrenches;

Ohmmeters: Ohmmeters;

Open end wrenches: Crescent wrenches;

Oscilloscopes: Oscilloscopes;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Phasemeters: Phase rotation meters;

Pipe or tube cutter: Polyvinyl chloride PVC cutters;

Pipe wrenches: Ratcheting pipe wrenches;

Plumb bobs: Laser plumb bobs;

Power drills: Cordless drills; Hammer drills;

Power saws: Circular saws;

Protective gloves: Cable gripping gloves;

Punches or nail sets or drifts: Punchdown tools;

Razor knives: Razor knives;

Respirators: Respirators;

Retaining ring pliers: Internal snap ring pliers; External snap ring pliers;

Safety glasses: Safety glasses;

Scaffolding: Scaffolding;

Screwdrivers: Conduit fitting and reaming screwdrivers; Cabinet tip screwdrivers; Square shank screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Screw-holding screwdrivers; Round shank screwdrivers;

Shears: Shears;

Socket sets: Insulated socket sets;

Soldering iron: Soldering tools; Butane soldering irons;

Specialty wrenches: Insulated wrenches;

Spot welding machine: Welders;

Stamping dies or punches: Hydraulic punching tools;

Staple guns: Staple guns;

Strap wrenches: Strap wrenches;

Stripping tools: Self-adjusting insulation strippers; Cable sheath strippers; Channel lock crimping tools; Automatic insulation strippers; Cable jacket strippers; End wire strippers; Universal stripping tools; Wire strippers;

Tablet computers: Tablet computers;

Tape measures: Tape measures; Conduit measuring tapes;

Tapping machine attachment: Tapping tools;

Tensiometers: Tension gauges;

Thermographs: Infrared scanners;

Threading dies: Threading dies;

Threading taps: Tap sets;

Tinners snips: Tin snips;

Tongue and groove pliers: Tongue and groove pliers;

Track excavators: Diggers;

Two way radios: Two way radios;

Utility knives: Utility knives;

Voltage or current meters: Test lamps; Non-contact voltage detectors; Milliameters; Current clamps; Volt tick meters; Voltmeters;

Wattmeters: Wattmeters;

Welding masks: Welding hoods;

Winches: Winches;

Wire cutters: Wire cutters; Electricians' scissors;

Wire lug crimping tool: Terminal crimpers; Ratchet crimper kits; Wire crimpers; Wire crimping tools;

Wire or cable cutter: Insulated cable cutters; Cable butt trimmers; Cable cutters; Coaxial cable cutters; High-leverage cable cutters; Utility cable cutters;

Wire wrapping tool: Wire wrap guns;


Accounting software: Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal;

Analytical or scientific software: SoftEmpire Electrical Calculations; Construction Master Pro; Electrosoft FlashWorks; Elite Software E-Coord; Elite Software Inpoint; Elite Software Outpoint; Elite Software Short; Elite Software VDROP; Lighting calculation software;

Computer aided design CAD software: One Mile Up Panel Planner; Autodesk AutoCAD; Computer aided design CAD software; SmartDraw;

Data base user interface and query software: Shafer Service Systems; Insight Direct ServiceCEO; Resolve Systems Service Management; Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate; Database software;

Document management software: Adobe Acrobat;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: SAP;

Industrial control software: Wonderware InTouch; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office;

Operating system software: Microsoft Windows;

Project management software: Craftsman CD Estimator;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel; Spreadsheet software;

Word processing software: Socrates Contractor's Library; Microsoft Word; Word processing software;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Electricians include:
  • 49-2094.00 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
  • 47-4021.00 Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers
  • 49-9021.00 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
  • 49-9071.00 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  • 49-3042.00 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • 47-2152.00 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • 51-8021.00 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
  • 49-2022.00 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more details about apprenticeships or other work opportunities in this trade, contact the offices of the state employment service, the state apprenticeship agency, local electrical contractors, firms that employ maintenance electricians, or local union-management electrician apprenticeship committees. Apprenticeship information is available from the U.S. Department of Labor's Apprenticeship program online or by phone at 877-872-5627. Visit apprenticeship.gov to search for apprenticeship opportunities. 
  • For more information about apprenticeship and training programs for electricians, visit: Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • Explore the Trades
  • Home Builders Institute
  • IBEW – NECA Electrical Training Alliance
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Career Outlook: "Apprenticeships: Outlook and wages in selected occupations"
  • Electricians

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.