Career Details

Electrician (Marine)

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments. The electrician featured in this video, Gary, works on the electrical systems on ships.


Generally, people learn to do this work through an apprenticeship program. Having a high school diploma or equivalent may be necessary.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Electronics
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Electricians are typically employed by electrical contractors and large businesses. Some are self-employed. They may work inside or outside, and often in very tight places (especially when on a ship). The job can be physically demanding.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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