With more than 400,000 electricians in the United States, the number of jobs available is growing rapidly.
But in some states, like Florida, where the job market is more limited, hiring trends are in flux.
As electricians continue to be sought-after in the future, some are considering retirement.
“I’m a retired electrician, and the last couple of years I’ve been thinking about retiring,” said Mike Balsamo, an electrician who retired in 2014.
“I’m not going to retire until there’s a real shortage of electricians.
It’s like the only job available right now is to clean up.”
In Florida, the state’s unemployment rate is just under 9%.
But Balsamos retirement is on the rise.
In 2016, he had just been laid off.
He now has to find a new job and is working toward that goal.
“My last day of work is Tuesday,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people out there looking for work, and they’re not getting that opportunity,” Balsamios former boss, Mike Haney, told The Hindu.
He said the number one thing that needs to change is the incentives for electricians to stay in the workforce.
The job market in Florida is booming.
In fact, it’s one of the top 10 states in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There are nearly 4,000 jobs for electrician positions.
There’s also an increase in the number and quality of the positions.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the jobless rate for electricists has decreased from 12.2% in 2016 to 8.9% in 2018.
That’s down from 9.2%.
In 2017, the Florida Department of Labor said electricians were among the top 3% of job seekers.
Balsamus former boss said it was because there were so many openings.
“There are people out in the field,” Haney said.
“The supply is not there.”
The shortage is not limited to Florida.
The number of electrician jobs in Nevada, Ohio, Texas, and Missouri is also at or above the national average.
But with more states now having a job shortage, Haney worries about where electricians are headed.
“This is a problem across the country, but especially in the state of Florida,” he explained.
“It’s going to be a problem with the jobs for the next 10 years, 20 years.
If it continues to grow and the incentives continue to decline, it could become a bigger problem,” he added.
The number of vacancies for electric technicians in the U, however, has declined since the recession of 2008.
That year, there were about 3,200 vacancies for electrical technicians in Florida, according the Florida Energy Center.
But according to Haney’s former boss at the time, the vacancy rate in 2017 was down to 3.2%, down from 4.1%.
“We don’t need to go to 2.5%,” Hany told The Huffington Post.
“We need to get back to 2 percent.”
In 2018, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers issued a report stating that the number three cause of death for electric-trained workers in the US is heart disease.
The study found that the average age of a retired person working in electrical labor is 61.
And although there are fewer jobs available for electric workers, there are a number of reasons why they want to work in the industry.
There are a few things to consider, such as being a member of a union, the length of your working career, and whether or not you have a medical condition that requires a higher level of care.
“The key is having a strong career track, which is a key to longevity,” Hays said.
The U.K. has a more robust job market than Florida.
But that does not mean that electricians should be discouraged from returning to the workforce in the UK.
The UK is home to more than 10 million electricians, according Haney.
“If you’re looking to get into electrician in the country you need to have a good track record,” he says.