Electrician

Electricians fit, service and fix electrical equipment, circuits, machinery and wiring.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £42,000
Working hours
30 to 40 a week
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • maths knowledge for understanding technical plans
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with your hands and use equipment safely
  • customer service skills for working with colleagues and clients
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your work will depend on what type of electrician you are, for example:

  • installation electrician - install power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data networks in buildings
  • maintenance electrician - check electrical systems to make sure they're working correctly and safely
  • electrotechnical panel builder - make and install control panels that operate electrical systems in buildings, like heating or alarms
  • machine repair and rewind electrician - fix and maintain electrical motors and transformers found in industrial equipment
  • highway systems electrician - install and maintain street lighting and traffic management systems

You could work on a construction site, at a client's business, at a client's home or on the streets.

Your working environment may be cramped, at height and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could move into design engineering, site or project management, consultancy work or training.

You could also set up your own business.

You can find out more about becoming an electrician from Electrical Careers and Go Construct.

Data from National Careers Service.

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