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Prospects for Electrician Jobs, Future Employment

The call for professional electricians, similar to many jobs in construction, may enjoy an increase in the year 2013 and even looking to 2014 and shortly thereafter. Although this will depend particularly on specialty of work area and also on geographic location among other factors and influences.

According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for the ten year period ending 2020 for electricians is expected to experience a 23% growth rate quicker than average. Comparable to construction positions in general, that is.

Jobs for lineman, installer technicians, and electricans as a whole will be dependent on new construction starts as will many jobs in construction. While positions involving residential wiremen, in particular doing reworks on existing structures, may show an advantage over those involved with new construction projects. The rise in popularity of new home power systems, those such as solar grid-tie systems, for example, will translate to added demand figures.

Also occurring is the planned phase-out of incandescent bulbs, although which will likely have a limited effect on actual job numbers, since many existing fixtures are adaptable to the new energy efficient CFL (compact flourscent lamps) and LED style lamps - cost prohibitive as they may be for many consumers and businesses alike. However where adapatablity is not an option, new fixtures and often an electrician will be required for hard-wiring measures.
Regulations dictate the phasing of floursecent tubes, common in many commercial type applications, enroute to follow which may require new fixture swaps and this could in itself result in electrically intensive projects across widespread geographic areas. But, collective current inventories of replacement lamps may affect new installation calls put out to contractors as much as anything.

Employment for electricians is also dependent on another factor - weather and disasters - of course impossible to predict. With service often falling short in times of need, such as during Superstorm Sandy, where much of the city lost power - demand for inspectors and those qualified for mass electrical repairs tends to spike and which may continue depending on the severity and complications.

Looking toward the longer term for electricians and electical workers, and, more so commercial applications, adding wiring for smart systems as part of the buildings 'nervous system' among the structure may consolidate (fiber optics) in its process. While mobile networks around the same vicinity become more prevalent, lessening lines.

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