In the coming years, it’s anticipated that an increasing number of electrical workers will be needed across the U.S. and around the world. Trained electricians are in high demand and future job prospects look brighter than ever for electrical workers.
Look around and you’ll notice that you rely on electricity in a number of ways. In order for all the components and luxuries in your home or office to work, an electrician had to install the wiring or enable the devices.
Now, more residences and commercial buildings require wiring for new technologies. As smart home technology is improving, many homeowners and commercial building owners want technology to function together seamlessly. This often requires the expertise of an electrician, or many electricians.
Meet David Klingenfuss
David Klingenfuss is an electrician in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while he is not traditionally employed since he is an independent contractor, he understands the value of electrical workers because he has been one for the past 30 years.
His experiences include working in a biotech lab to wiring entire houses from top to bottom.
Klingenfuss has deliberately chosen to remain a one man shop to simplify his business operations and to service his customers directly. But he now has future plans to expand his operations because he sees the demand for electricians in new markets.
“To do this, I’m going to buy another service van and hire an electrician to work in one of the markets,” says Klingenfuss.
“I am confident that the economy will be good for this industry in the future and I want to put myself in a position to capitalize on it.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) also recognizes the demand for electrical workers, stating that the overall employment of electricians is projected to grow by at least 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than most occupations.
The BLS also says that there are approximately 740,000 electrician jobs in the U.S. but that this number is set to grow quickly within the next decade as the demand for electricians continues to increase.
Increases in construction spending and the demand for alternative energy are major factors that continue to boost the need for electricians.
Alternative power generation such as wind and solar energy are an emerging field that will require more electricians for installation. Electricians will be required to link these alternative power sources to homes and power grids over the coming decade.
It’s important to note however that employment from these sources will depend heavily on government policies.
Nevertheless, electricians will be needed across the U.S. and around the world for residential and commercial projects alike.
There are currently about 82,200 job openings for electricians projected each year.
Now may be one of the best moments to consider becoming an electrician.