Electricians design, assemble, install, test, commission, diagnose, maintain and repair electrical networks, systems, circuits, equipment, components, appliances and facilities for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes, and service and repair lifts, escalators and related equipment.

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical mechanics to work as an Electrician.

    Tasks

    • examining blueprints, wiring diagrams and specifications to determine sequences and methods of operation
    • measuring and laying out installation reference points
    • selecting, cutting and connecting wire and cable to terminals and connectors
    • using electrical and electronic test instruments to trace and diagnose faults
    • repairing and replacing faulty wiring and defective parts
    • positioning and installing electrical switchboards
    • connecting electrical systems to power supply
    • testing continuity of circuit
    • installing, testing and adjusting electric and mechanical parts of lifts

    All Electricians

    • $1,823 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 156,400 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Electricians (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 156,400 in 2018 to 163,500 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 26,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Electricians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Mining.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,823 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Electricians (General) in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Electricians (General).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    2008119900
    2009127700
    2010130600
    2011136500
    2012141500
    2013133400
    2014135100
    2015154100
    2016149900
    2017154800
    2018156400
    2023163500

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsElectriciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings18231460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction63.8
    Manufacturing7.8
    Mining6.2
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6.0
    Other Industries16.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateElectriciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.331.6
    VIC22.125.6
    QLD22.720.0
    SA6.77.0
    WA14.210.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT1.71.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketElectriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.1-5.05.0
    20-2415.0-9.39.3
    25-3430.6-22.922.9
    35-4419.5-22.022.0
    45-5416.6-21.621.6
    55-596.6-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationElectriciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV77.3-21.121.1
    Year 1210.1-18.118.1
    Year 112.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.4-12.512.5

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical mechanics to work as an Electrician.

    Membership with Master Electricians Australia may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • driver's licence
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Electrotechnology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Electricians who have good people skills, are reliable and have a strong work ethic.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and Construction

      78% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Mechanical

      73% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. Mathematics

      61% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Design

      57% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      54% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2111.00 - Electricians.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      96% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Spend Time Standing

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Contact With Others

      92% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      91% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2111.00 - Electricians.

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