What Is Causing the Shortage of Electricians?
Recently, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. is facing a serious shortage of qualified electricians. According to this article, this problem is two-fold. Not enough new electricians are entering the profession, and even greater numbers are retiring each year. Recent statistics report that there are currently 700,000 working electricians in the U.S., and there will be an expected 80,000 new electrician job openings across the country every year, stretching into 2031. With most of these openings only providing replacements for retiring electricians, there is real concern over the growing need for electricians.
Electricians Needed to Support Sustainability Measures
The electrician shortage is a large issue partly because of recent pushes to move towards greater electrification in all areas of our lives. From cars to home appliances, the switch to electrically powered devices and vehicles can have a hugely positive impact on the environment and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. However, we can’t reach this goal without the help of electricians.
Professional electricians are needed for a wide range of sustainable energy efforts at all levels, including:
- Installing electric vehicle (EV) chargers in residential and commercial settings
- Installing and maintaining solar PV panel systems in residential and commercial settings
- Installing residential and commercial heat pump systems
- Providing electrical system design and installation for new construction projects
- Providing electrical repair and upgrades for aging systems
Increased Electrician Apprenticeships Coming Available
Before becoming a licensed electrician, individuals must complete an apprenticeship with either a union or a company providing apprenticeships. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act includes legislation to increase electrician apprenticeships available in companies that take advantage of wind and solar tax incentives. In 2022, these companies must have 10% of their labor hours be apprenticeships, increasing to at least 15% by 2024. This type of legislation is expected to provide more opportunities for aspiring electricians and incentivize companies to offer training opportunities for young electricians.
Why Become an Electrician?
In Georgia, to become an electrical contractor, you must be licensed by the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, Electrical Contractors Division. Electricians who have passed their exam and wish to apply for licensure must submit a signed, notarized application and pay the associated licensing fee.
Georgia does not require journeyman licensing; a journeyman electrician can work for a general contractor after completing their apprenticeship. Most electrical contractors will work as a journeyman for several years before becoming licensed themselves.
Quick facts about starting a career as an electrician:
- The average base salary for electricians in Georgia is around $56k/year, which is the same as the national average
- Master electricians can make six-figure salaries
- The high demand for electricians means there are many job opportunities available across multiple industries
- Becoming an electrician does not require an expensive 4-year degree
Start a Rewarding Career with Lightning Bug Electric
For years, Lightning Bug has been known across Marietta and the Atlanta Metro area for our commitment to quality electrical work and friendly customer service. Our team is led by a master electrician who also served as a U.S. Navy construction electrician, and our company is backed by nearly 30 years of experience.
From helping customers to helping each other, we believe in “service with a smile” at Lightning Bug Electric. Our company provides a comprehensive range of electrical services to both residential and commercial customers. We are also committed to promoting electrical safety and helping home and business owners operate their electrical systems efficiently and safely.
While open positions may vary, Lightning Bug Electric offers career opportunities company-wide, including:
- Customer service representatives
- Call center specialists
- Professional assistants
- Management and executive roles
If you are looking for somewhere to start or grow your career as an electrician, consider applying to Lightning Bug Electric.