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For electricians, academic preparation and experience are essential elements to succeed. They have to complete a training program of 4 to 5 years. Their common duties are to install, connect, proof and monitor electrical systems for different industries, such as technology, communications, health, climate and security. They are responsible of installing, operating and maintaining electric plants and machines for a variety of business.

Electricians work in construction or maintenance. In construction they have to install electric systems into houses, buildings and factories. Electricians who work in maintenance have to improve the efficiency of the plant, monitoring and repairing electrical equipment. Normally, they have to use special equipment such as screwdrivers, pliers, knives, drills, saws, conduit benders. These jobs are risky; therefore, they have to wear the appropriate clothes to be protected from an accident. 

Most of the states require electricians to be licensed. However, the licensing process varies from area to area. When they install these kinds of systems, they work based on the National Electrical Code, on the State laws and on local building codes. Most of them work a standard of 40 hours per week. Sometimes they have to work at night or during weekends. Those who work in factories normally have three shifts.

There are some skills needed to become an electrician, for example: eye-hand coordination, physical condition, sense of balance and good color vision. The capability to solve mathematic problems is required. They must be able to communicate in English and Spanish and have technical knowledge.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May of 2004, median hourly earnings of electricians were of $20.33. The middle 50 percent earned between $15.43 and $26.90 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.18 an hour, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.63 per hour. The motor vehicle parts manufacturing was the industry sector that paid the best salaries. The median hourly earnings of the employees of this sector were of $30.04. The local government was in second place with $22.24 of median hourly earnings.

The U.S. Department of Labor expects that employment for electricians will increase in the next eight years. Due to growth of the economy and the augment of the population, more electricians will be needed to install electrical systems and give maintenance services.

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