According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for electricians is better than average. Nationally, the median wage was about $48,000 in 2010.
In the Berkshires, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce development, there are 250 electricians, with a median income of $50,631, and the entry salary at $37,984.
The Board of State Examiners of Electricians, of the Division of Professional Licensure, licenses all electricians practicing in Massachusetts.
The board offers licensures in: Alarm System Business, Alarm System Installer and Technician, Journeyman Electrician, Electrical Corporation or Partnership, Fire Alarm System Business, Fire Alarm System Installer and Technician, Master Electrician.
Currently, the board licenses 35,092 individuals and businesses to practice as electricians, through the various levels and types of licensure listed above.
In recent years, the Board has issued anywhere between 600 and 800 new licenses each year, says Amie Breton, director of communications.
-- Judith Monachina