Electricians earn a salary of $62,000 in the United States.
However, this figure is far from the whole picture, according to a report by the Institute for Supply Management.
According to the report, only 11 percent of electrical engineers are in their 50s or older, with a median age of 41.
Electrical engineers also have a much higher rate of disability than the general population, with 23 percent of workers with disabilities in the U.S. experiencing at least one chronic condition.
“Many electrical engineers have physical disabilities,” the report states.
“Some suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, and others have musculoskeletal conditions.
Some work with machines that require the use of hand, hand, and leg movements.
Some are physically active but not in a wheelchair, or have a lower threshold for physical exertion, like walking a quarter-mile at a time.”
In addition to this, the report found that only 25 percent of engineers with disabilities are able to receive disability payments in addition to their salary.
“We also found that almost two-thirds of electrical engineering jobs were located in metropolitan areas with large numbers of electrical workers,” the Institute states.
Many of the jobs listed as “high demand” by the report were located on the East Coast.
However if you’re an electrical engineering student who wants to find work, the Institute recommends applying for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) job opening.
You can also apply to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is located in Bethesda, Maryland.
“NEMA has more than 3,600 members and operates 24 states and the District of Columbia,” the organization states.
To learn more about NEMA and the electrical engineering profession, visit the NEMA website.
Salary data provided by LinkedIn.com