Electricians are among the hottest occupations in the country, with demand expected to grow by at least 15 percent by 2020, according to a new study.
The number of jobs in the field will grow by an estimated 2,400 jobs, while the number of workers employed by electric utilities will increase by 6,500 workers, according the study, released Tuesday.
The study, which looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that about one-third of the jobs in electrical work are held by women, and about 25 percent of those jobs are in the electrician category.
The study said that as the nation’s population ages and new jobs become more important, the demand for electricians will increase.
“Electrician jobs are growing rapidly,” said Michael P. Sartore, the director of the Bureau’s Bureau of Labour Statistics Division of Industrial Relations.
“That means that more jobs will need to be created.
We’ll need to have people who are good at these jobs.”
The Bureau of Statistics found that in 2014, there were about 3,700 jobs in electrician occupations.
That figure increased to 4,200 in 2015 and to 4-5,400 in 2016.
“We need to get our electricians in a good position to continue to have that boom, and we need to do that through more of an education,” Sartove said.
The Bureau estimated that there are more than 5 million electricians working in the United States, and that they represent about 9 percent of the total labor force in the U.S.