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Electricians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, electricians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a moderately high level of social contact. They explain tasks to helpers, but also work alone a lot of the time.
  • Are responsible for the work outcomes of the people they supervise.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Write letters and e-mails monthly.
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  • Communicate with coworkers daily by telephone and in person.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors. While outside, they are often undercover. They nearly always work without heating or air conditioning.
  • Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. This depends on the time of year they are working outside.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous conditions, equipment, and situations. They work with sharp tools and electricity that could potentially produce cuts or burns.
  • Wear safety attire often, such as goggles or other protective clothing.
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  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable and distracting.
  • Are often exposed to very bright or inadequate lighting conditions.
  • Work in high places weekly. They climb ladders and work from roofs and scaffolding.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
  • Work somewhat close to other people, such as when sharing office space.
  • Often work in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Need to get into awkward positions weekly when working in cramped work places, such as crawl spaces under floors.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could cause serious injuries to themselves or others.
  • Work as part of a team. This is very important because they must coordinate their work with other subcontractors.
  • Meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment.
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  • Repeat the same physical tasks throughout the day.
  • Make decisions that strongly impact their clients and affect the image of their company.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making decisions and setting tasks.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
  • May work overtime to meet deadlines.
  • May work nights, weekends, and be on-call, if working as a maintenance electrician.
  • Frequently travel to new job sites, if working as a construction electrician.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.