Electricians install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

Job Outlook 2012–2022*

14% projected growth

Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Associate’s degree


  • Ensure that businesses and factories continue to run safely and efficiently through scheduled maintenance and upgrades to their electrical systems
  • Troubleshoot electrical problems in residential homes
  • Repair control systems, large and small motors, and other equipment
  • Read blue prints and install electrical wiring and systems in new buildings being constructed
  • Access, test, and upgrade older systems in difficult to reach places during remodeling projects
  • Use a variety of tools from voltmeters, thermal scanners, and cable testers to drills, strippers, and saws

Wages in Arkansas

Top 10% Annual = $62,800*

Average Annual = $42,290**
Average Hourly = $20.33**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electricians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm (visited April 22, 2015).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#47-0000 (visited April 22, 2015).

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