Where Are All the New Electricians?
13 Jul 2017
America is facing a shortage of trade professionals, including electricians. According to a poll conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, only 3 percent of surveyed 18 to 25 year olds who have decided on a career path said they would pursue a career in a construction trade. An increase in the number of smart homes, or homes equipped with products that communicate wirelessly and control everyday household functions, has created a number of unique jobs for electricians but, as baby boomers begin to retire, there are few able-bodied workers available to replace them.
Interestingly enough, a study by the NPD Group, a technology analysis firm and advisory commission, showed that 23 percent of millennials have a smart home product installed in their residences and 40 percent of them are interested in smart home products. So, while millennials are interested in new technology products, they aren’t interested in doing the manual labor to install them themselves.
The perception of construction trade jobs, electricians, plumbers, laborers and more, is that they are too physically demanding and too difficult for young workers, according to the National Association of Home Builders. But while the supply of skilled electricians is shrinking, the demand isn’t. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of electricians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Partnerships with local and national organizations can reignite passion through pragmatic learning. In fact, young people already in the industry say hands-on training is more beneficial to them than learning from books. The Copper Development Association (CDA) offers a variety of seminars that are beneficial for tradesmen and tradeswomen looking to further their education in the trades and earn CEUs.
Electricians are essential to the advancement of technology. If millennials won’t fill the vacant positions of their predecessors, who will?
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