Working in the electric power industry
December 03, 2008
The electric power industry is constantly changing to meet the demands of the 21st-century lifestyle. Electricity use continues to rise each year, and new jobs are being created by a push for renewable energy.
BLS projects an overall decline in electric power industry employment between 2006 and 2016. Like many industries, however, this one is going through a transition as older workers leave and create openings for workers who will replace them.
Good news for career-minded jobseekers: Electric energy occupations, such as those shown in the chart, pay well above the national median for all occupations (which was $31,410 in 2007), and most offer formal training on the job to workers with a high school diploma. For most of the occupations shown in the chart, the usual training is long-term on-the-job training.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Working in the electric power industry on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/dec/wk1/art03.htm (visited September 30, 2014).
Three recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.
Women veterans in the labor force examines the demographic, employment, and unemployment characteristics of women veterans.
BLS Statistics by Occupation provides an overview of occupational employment and wages with an emphasis on STEM jobs and occupational data by typical entry-level education required.