Electrician - Job Outlook


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.


This occupation may include associated occupations with varying 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

Job Titles

  • Electrician
  • Electrician (Special Class)
  • Lift Mechanic

Job Prospects

Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.

  • Over the five years to November 2017, the number of job openings for Electricians is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000). Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.
  • Employment for Electricians to November 2017 is expected to grow slightly. Employment in this very large occupation (140,300 in November 2012) rose strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).
  • Electricians have a very high proportion of full-time jobs (94 per cent). For Electricians working full-time, average weekly hours are 40.5 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are above average - in the seventh decile. Unemployment for Electricians is below average.
  • Electricians are mainly employed in Construction, Manufacturing and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.

Key Indicators

Key Indicators graph - see table below for a summary

The graph shows 9 key indicators for this occupation - employment size, full-time share of employment, earnings, unemployment, historical employment growth (long-term, medium term and short-term), future employment growth, mix of industries and job openings. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

How many workers are employed in this occupation? 140,300 10
How many work full-time (% share)? 94.0 9
What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers ($ before tax)? 1300 7
How does unemployment compare with other occupations? below average 2
What has been the long-term employment growth - 10 years (%)? 44.2 7
What has been the medium-term employment growth - 5 years (%)? 28.1 8
What has been the short-term employment growth - 2 years (%)? -3.5 4
What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years? slight growth 4
What will be the level of future job openings? above average 8

Recent Job Growth (per cent)

Recent Job Growth (per cent) graph - see table below for a summary

The graph shows employment growth (per cent) over the past five years and two years for this occupation, compared with all occupations. Source: ABS LFS, DEEWR trend data to November 2012. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Time PeriodOccupation (per cent growth)All Occupations (per cent growth)
5 Year Growth 28.1 7.8
2 Year Growth -3.5 1.9