We surveyed 5,024 electricians to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical electrician. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an electrician?

Low

High

Working as an electrician typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become an electrician?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an electrician typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an electrician?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as an electrician. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for electricians.

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Do electricians work full-time or part-time?

88% of electricians work in full-time roles while 12% work part-time.

Is being an electrician stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst electricians, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as an electrician?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be an electrician.

How competitive is the workplace for electricians?

Low

High

Electricians see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being an electrician require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Electricians will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are electricians allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Electricians rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do electricians have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Electricians tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an electrician physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an electrician requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are electricians exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, electricians tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being an electrician require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for electricians.

Does being a good electrician require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an electrician.