by Ray Hayes

By 2020, there will more than 31 million job openings due to Baby Boomer retirement.  While baby boomers say goodbye to the job market, the talent gap slowly increases in major industries including construction, manufacturing and engineering.  Because of the future job opportunities, I’d like to take the time and highlight one of the career choices that will be affected very soon;  Electricians.

As society continues to grow and the construction industry steadily expands, electricians are in dire need.  With a median salary of $50,000, the US has seen an uptick in people applying for apprenticeships in recent times.  Electricians do not need a college degree and are judged more on experience then in school education.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for electricians from 2014 to 2022 is projected at 22 percent. Furthermore, the Associated General Contractors of America has indicated that 74 percent of firms expect there will be a shortage of qualified skilled trade workers. As technology evolves so to does the work of an electrician. From solar powered supplies to wind and hydro turbines, electricians are facing new and exciting challenges each day.

Tune in next time for more on the growing jobs in the trade industry and the every increasing American talent gap.